The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge
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On the night of 29-30 october 1816 eight people were murdered by buring to death in a house known as Wildgoose Lodge in a remote part of County Loath, four miles from Ardee, nine miles from Dundalk and fur miles from Carrickmacross in County Monnaghan. The perpetrators, who all belonged to a local agrarian secret society, were avenging three of their comrades hanged for a raid on the Lodge the previous April. Following the murder, the local community closed ranks. for months the authorities failed to arrest anyone. Then the state administration- in from of Sir Robert Peel and Dublin Castle- took over. As a result of a combination of collusion, corruption, and the use of paid informers, eighteen local men were tried and hanged. At half of these men were innocent.