Death on Ireland's Eye

The Victorian Murder Trial that Scandalised a Nation

Dean Ruxton

A secret life. A sharply divisive trial that aroused the full force of Victorian moral outrage. This book is a modern analysis of an intriguing real life murder mystery that sheds new light on the events of the time.
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Gill Books
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780717188932
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$22.95

Overview
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One morning in September 1852, a handsome couple stepped onto a hired boat bound for Ireland’s Eye, an uninhabited island and popular tourist spot off Howth Harbor. William Kirwan was an artist of considerable means and his wife, Maria, was a keen swimmer.

After sunset, when the boatmen returned to collect their customers, Maria was missing. A search was mounted, and she was found dead in a lonely, rocky inlet.

An inquest ruled the death a drowning, and Maria Kirwan was laid to rest. But only weeks later a startling secret sparked an investigation, Maria’s exhumation and William’s arrest for her murder.

The story caused a sensation: a secret life and a sharply divisive trial that aroused the full force of Victorian moral outrage. A veil of mystery has hung over Maria’s death for almost 170 years.

Now, this modern analysis casts greater doubt over the Crown’s version of events than ever before, shedding new light on the question of whether William Burke Kirwan really was guilty of murder.

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