Why Daniel O’Connell called Judge Day ‘a mass of corruption’.

4 thoughts on “Why Daniel O’Connell called Judge Day ‘a mass of corruption’.”

  1. Hi Gerald,
    Sorry for delay in replying. My interest is in the Fullers, and it was through that connection that I came across the Judge, about whom I know very little.
    The Judge’s grandmother was Catherine, nee Fuller who married Edward Day of Loghercannon. Her father, William Fuller of Cork was an extensive cattle grazier, with lands around Iveragh and the subject of a cattle raid in 1769 at Emlaghmore, near Waterville. William was a first cousin of Edward Fuller who married Elizabeth Blennerhasset in Cork 1791 and lived from a while near Kenmare. She was a daughter of John ‘Parson Jack’ Blennerhasset.

  2. Judge Day’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Fuller, whose family also intermarried with the Blennerhassets. My favorite story involving Judge Day relates to a death sentence when in 1800 Day sentenced a disreputable character, an informer during the 1798 rebellion, named Jemmy O’Brien who he had tried for the murder of a man who called out to him in the street as “the informer O’Brien.” On the morning of the hanging, prostrate on his knees, O’Brien begged more time despite the gaoler reminding him that his hour had come. After some delay the hangman was heard saying “Ah, Mister O’Brien, long life to you, sir, come out on the balcony, an’ don’t keep the people in suspense; they are mighty uneasy entirely under the swing-swong.”

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