Emmet’s speech from the dock



Robert Emmet, United Irishman and the leader of the rebellion on 1803, was tried for high treason in Green Street courthouse, 215 years ago this week. He was found guilty, and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered. The execution was carried the next day in Thomas Street.

Emmet was found guilty after what was essentially a show trial. The clerk of the crown read the indictment, and stated the verdict, before asking: “What have you, therefore, now to say why judgment of death and execution shall not be awarded against you according to law?”

This was his response, with the interruptions of the judge, Norbury, also recorded.


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