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Ellen Hanley 1803-1819

The Colleen Bawn. She was a poor girl from Croom in County Limerick who eloped with John Scanlan of Ballycahane House. Scanlan later murdered her and her body was eventually washed up at Moneypoint County Clare. Scanlan was tried and despite being from a well to do family and being defended by Daniel O’Connell he was found guilty and subsequently executed. His manservant, Steven Sullivan, was later apprehended and suffered the same fate, admitting that he had killed Ellen on Scanlan’s orders. The story was made famous by Gerald Griffin who used it as the plot for his novel The Collegians. Boucicault used the story for his play The Colleen Bawn.

She is buried at Killimer, Co Clare, in the same grave as Peter O’Connell who found her body in the Shannon.