Crumlin Road Gaol
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Executions in Northern Ireland in the 20th century
Total number of executions : 16.
Rose Ann McCann
William Berryman, Jean Berryman
Margaret (Maggie) Fullerton
Margaret Macauley, Sarah Macauley
Isabella Aitken, Margaret Aitken
Thomas Joseph Williams
Nellie (Maggie) McLaughlin
All were for murder. There were 12 executions at Crumlin Road prison, Belfast, three at Londonderry and one at Armagh. (A total of 17 men were hanged at Crumlin Road prison between 1854 and 1961). Albert Browne, a member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), was found guilty of killing a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in October 1972 for which he was sentenced to death but this was later commuted to life imprisonment. William Holden, who had killed a soldier, was the last person to receive the death sentence in Northern Ireland and this was also commuted. The death penalty was abolished n 1973 as part of the Emergency Provisions Act. Crumlin Road prison closed in March 1996 and has since re-opened as a tourist attraction.