Family to appeal for Royal Pardon for

Irish born WW1 Soldier Shot at Dawn

 

 
Private Patrick Joseph Downey 6th Bn., Leinster Regiment aged 19, was executed on Monday 27th December 1915 for the military offence of disobedience. Patrick, son of Michael and Mary A. Downey, 1 Kellys Range, Vizes Fields, Limerick, was conditionally pardoned by the British Parliament in November 2006. However, the recent publication of Forgotten Soldiers, about the Irishmen Shot at Dawn by Stephen Walker now reinforces the longstanding belief of his grandnephew Christy Walsh, that the conditional pardon granted to Patrick is not sufficient and does not meet with the expectations of his family. Christy stated:
 
“Having read this publication and again consulted with a copy of the Irish government report submitted to the British government in October 2004, and taking into account all the circumstances of Patrick’s case, we as a family are very unhappy that the conditional pardon granted in November 2006 to Patrick does not overturn his original conviction or sentence”
 
“the narrative in Forgotten Soldiers shows clearly that a miscarriage of justice did occur and the Irish governments report highlights the Downey case as having the hallmarks of a miscarriage of justice”.
 
“We believe Patrick was wrongly convicted at the time by the Misapplication of Military Law and is "morally" innocent of the military offence he was convicted and subsequently executed for”.
 
“In our families opinion, without the added weight of the royal prerogative of mercy such conditional pardon is meaningless”
 
On Tuesday 20th November 2007, on behalf of his granduncle Private Patrick Joseph Downey, Mr Christy Walsh R.I.P submitted his application for a royal pardon to the Queen through his excellency, Mr David Reddaway, the British ambassador in Dublin.

Tuesday 5th August 2008:

Mr Christy Walsh R.I.P

 

On the 4th August 2008, Mr Christy Walsh passed away. Christy was a dedicated campaigner for the Irish Shot at Dawn and fully supported, unequivocally, the Shot at Dawn Campaign Irl position. It was an honor and a privilege to have been invited by Christy, on behalf of the extended Downey family, to construct his application for a royal pardon for his granduncle Private Patrick Joseph Downey, which he later submitted to her Majesty the Queen, through His Excellency the British Ambassador in Dublin, on the 27th November 2007. Our sympathies go to his family, relatives and friends. tá Christy i solas na bhflaitheas anois, i lionta de go gcascar sinn, ar dheis de go raimh a anaim dilis:

Peter Mulvany

Coordinator

Shot at Dawn Campaign Irl

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● Although the British Ambassador acknowledged  Christy's application, todate,  no further response has been received from the UK authorities. We await with interest any developments.


 

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