A new song has een recorded to commemorate the Maamtrasna Murders: Listen here –
Maamtrasna Murders – Galway Commemoration, December 2012 – 130 years after the execution of Myles Joyce, an innocent man.
The President of Ireland, Michael D.Higgins, attended a Mass, the laying of wreaths and a symposium held in Galway on December 15th, 2012, 130 years to the day after the execution of Myles Joyce, wrongly convicted of the Maamtrasna murders.
The murders and subsequent execution led to a six day parliamentary debate in the House of Commons and ultimately to the collapse of Gladstone’s Government and defeat at the following General Election.
Lord Alton of Liverpool said that it was ironic that Gladstone had coined the phrase “justice delayed is justice denied” – and that “this is precisely what has happened in the case of Myles Joyce, whose trial made a mockery of justice. He was tried in a language he did not understand, exonerated by those accused alongside him, and executed for a crime he did not commit.” Lord Alton laid a wreath commemorating all victims of human rights abuses and said that in countries like Iran the death penalty continued to be used to execute men and women for political and social reasons.
He said that it was too easy to simply say we should ” forgive and forget” and that we would do better to “forgive and remember, to put right old wrongs and always seek to heal history.” He called for a posthumous pardon for Myles Joyce as a way of recognising “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”
Photograph of the Commemoration Day: