Role Of Individual-Prisoner
Est. Birth Year-1836
Brian Donovan, Director of findmypast.ie, has commented: “These records provide an invaluable resource for anyone tracing their Irish ancestors, as during the period covered almost every household in Ireland had a convict in their family. These records provide such a wealth of information that they are sure to shock and surprise almost anyone looking for the missing links in their Irish family tree.”
With the Gathering almost upon us, it's an amazing fact of history that almost every Irish person the world over have in fact descended from a Class of Felons.. "Almost every household in Ireland had a convict in their family" - Wow. One would wonder what type of Just us system would imprison a human being for stealing an apple, as above.. Or Jail a man for working as in the case of a Finglas man John Cunningham, below, for washing a car.. Or simply coz they didn't like the look of you..
"The records are full of individuals who were arrested for very minor offences, for example a record from the Cork City Gaol Court Book lists an arrest for Giles O’Sullivan (26), with no education and no previous convictions, on the 30th of March 1848 for being “a dangerous and suspicious character”. Other examples of the heavy hand of the law can be seen in the case of John Cunningham from Finglas (21) who was arrested for “Washing a car on a thoroughfare” and young Christopher Doyle (14) arrested “for being an idle, disorderly rogue and vagabond”.