Extract from a Coroner’s file (GS15/01) relating to the Inquest held into the death of RIC Constable Patrick Whelan, on 26th April 1916, is currently on display in Áras an Chontae.
Whelan was shot following an exchange of gun fire with Irish Volunteers close to Carnmore Crossroads early that morning. The Inquest was conducted by the Deputy Coroner, Louis Edward O’Dea, and his Jury, with evidence provided by Dr William Sandys, George B. Heard, County Inspector RIC, Navan, Co. Meath, and Head Constable Patrick J. Killacky. The Inquest was conducted by O’Dea in place of the County Coroner, George Nicholls. Nicholls, a well known Irish Volunteer, was one of the first men arrested in Galway following the outbreak of the disturbances during Easter Week, and was interned in Frongoch until 1917.
The file is also available for full free viewing online at http://www.galway.ie/digitalarchives/