On Friday, November 2nd, I took part in a special event as part of Carlow Scarefest 2018 called “Lucinda Sly Walking Tour”. This was organised by Scarefest Carlow and Carlow County Museum.
Lucinda Sly tour followed the journey of the last woman to be publicly hanged in Carlow town.
The guide from Carlow County Museum lead the group through the events that led to the execution of Lucinda Sly, the last woman to be publicly hanged in Carlow. She was convicted, along with her servant John Dempsey, for the murder of her husband Walter Sly in 1834. The tour recounted the details of Lucinda’s life, trial and execution, and included other famous sights from around the town.
On Sunday 9th November 1834, Walter Sly was murdered at his home at the Ridge, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow. Following their conviction for murder, Lucinda Sly, Walter’s wife, and their servant, John Dempsey were both publically executed at Carlow Gaol (now the Carlow Shopping Centre) on Monday 30th March 1835. This walking tour of Carlow town will recount those tragic events from 1834 and 1835. Lucinda was the last woman to be publically hanged in Carlow town.
The tour took an hour, and began in Carlow County Museum under the gallows trapdoor from the Gaol and concluded standing over the front entrance of the Gaol from where the executions took place.
Walking Route: Carlow County Museum, Shamrock Square, Potato Market, Bridewell Lane, Deighton Hall and Carlow Shopping Centre.