The demise of Marrin

No county, village or townland it seems was exempt from the visit of the so-called ‘Crowbar Brigade’. These men, usually local and plied with alcohol before the comm4encement of their duties, were universally despised. In Monaghan the fabled ‘Shirley Brigade’ particularly active in the early 1850s levelling houses. As this example illustrates their activity on occasion caused the demise of a man named Marrin, an overzealous ‘hut tumbler’.  Have you any information on how the ‘Shirley Brigade’  played havoc in county Monaghan during the Famine years?


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