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Executions in Northern Ireland in the 20th century

Total number of executions : 16.

Date
Name
Prison
Victim(s)
Hangman
11/01/1901
William Woods
Belfast
Bridget McGivern
Thomas Scott
05/01/1904
Joseph Moran
Londonderry
Rose Ann McCann
William Billington
22/12/1904
Joseph Fee
Armagh
John Flanagan
Henry Pierrepoint
20/08/1908
John Berryman
Londonderry
William Berryman, Jean Berryman
Henry Pierrepoint
19/08/1909
Richard Justin
Belfast
Annie Thompson
Henry Pierrepoint
17/08/1922
Simon McGeown
Belfast
Margaret (Maggie) Fullerton
John Ellis
08/02/1923
William Rooney
Londonderry
Lily Johnston
William Willis
08/05/1924
Michael Pratley
Belfast
Nelson Leech
William Willis
08/08/1928
William Smiley
Belfast
Margaret Macauley, Sarah Macauley
Tom Pierrepoint
08/04/1930
Samuel Cushnan
Belfast
James McCann
Tom Pierrepoint
31/07/1931
Thomas Dornan
Belfast
Isabella Aitken, Margaret Aitken
Tom Pierrepoint
13/01/1932
Eddie Cullens
Belfast
Achmet Musa
Tom Pierrepoint
07/04/1933
Harold Courtney
Belfast
Minnie Reid
Tom Pierrepoint
02/09/1942
Thomas Joseph Williams
Belfast
Patrick Murphy
Tom Pierrepoint
25/07/1961
Samuel McLaughlin
Belfast
Nellie (Maggie) McLaughlin
Harry Allen
20/12/1961
Robert McGladdery
Belfast
Pearl Gamble
Harry Allen
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.