Photos: Recalling wrongful hanging

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  • Billy and Dana Warren, 12 and 14, help their cousins Martin and Riordan Connolly, 3 and 1½, lay a wreath at the Daley and Halligan memorial stone in Northampton on Thursday. Joining them is Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan. About 50 people took part in the annual commemoration of Dominic Daley and James Halligan, two Irish immigrants who were wrongly convicted of an 1805 murder and hanged in Northampton on June 5, 1806. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Ireland native Jimmy Quinn, left, of Northampton, Dana Warren, 14, of Westhampton, and John Sheehan of Southampton sing the Irish national anthem for about 50 people gathered for the annual laying of the wreath at the Daley and Halligan memorial stone in Northampton on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Dominic Daley and James Halligan were Irish Catholic immigrants who were wrongly convicted of an 1805 murder and hanged in Northampton on June 5, 1806. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Ireland native Jimmy Quinn, center left, of Northampton, Dana Warren, 14, of Westhampton, and John Sheehan of Southampton sing the Irish national anthem for about 50 people gathered for the annual laying of the wreath at the Daley and Halligan memorial stone in Northampton on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Dominic Daley and James Halligan were Irish Catholic immigrants who were wrongly convicted of an 1805 murder and hanged in Northampton on June 5, 1806. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Bill O'Riordan speaks to about 50 people gathered for the annual laying of the wreath at the Daley and Halligan memorial stone near Prince and Earle street in Northampton on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Dominic Daley and James Halligan were Irish Catholic immigrants who were wrongly convicted of an 1805 murder and hanged in Northampton on June 5, 1806. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Former Judge W. Michael Ryan recounts the story of Dominic Daley and James Halligan, two Irish Catholic immigrants who were wrongly convicted of an 1805 murder and hanged in Northampton on June 5, 1806. Ryan spoke to about 50 people gathered for the annual laying of the wreath at the Daley and Halligan memorial stone, located near the corner of Prince and Earle streets in Northampton, on Thursday, March 17, 2022. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • About 50 people pause for a photo at the Daley and Halligan memorial stone in Northampton on Thursday, March 17, 2022, after the annual commemoration for Dominic Daley and James Halligan, two Irish immigrants who were wrongly convicted of an 1805 murder and hanged in Northampton on June 5, 1806. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 3/18/2022 11:34:14 AM
Modified: 3/18/2022 11:33:34 AM

NORTHAMPTON – About 50 people gathered for the annual laying of the wreath at the Daley and Halligan memorial stone, overlooking the corner of Prince and Earle streets, on Thursday. Dominic Daley and James Halligan were Irish Catholic immigrants who were charged with a murder that occurred in Wilbraham in November, 1805, wrongly convicted in a one-day trial the following April in Northampton and hanged in front of an estimated 15,000 spectators on Pancake Plain in Northampton on June 5, 1806. In 1984 the two were exonerated in a proclamation by Governor Michael Dukakis.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.

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