Corn Market

Ann Street
September 2, 2020
Castle Place
September 2, 2020
Ann Street
September 2, 2020
Castle Place
September 2, 2020

Turas gairid ón bheairic i Sráid Áine áit ar chonníodh na reibilúnaigh, is anseo i gCorn Market a crochadh Anraí Seoigh Mhic Reachtain dá pháirt i nÉirí Amach 1798. Go híorónta, ba áit í seo a bhronn seanathair Anraí Seoigh ar an chathair na blianta roimhe.

A small distance from Ann Street Barracks where the rebels were kept, here Corn Market is the place where Henry Joy McCracken was hanged for his part in the 1798 rebellion. Ironically Corn Market was gifted to the city by Henry Joy’s grandfather years before.

A stones throw away from Ann Street where the rebels where kept, is Corn Market, here is where the rebel leader Henry Joy McCracken was hung. Ironically this land was gifted upon the town of Belfast by Henry’s grandfather in years previous.

During the 1840’s Mary Ann described events during that tragic afternoon, in letters to the historian Madden, she said;

“I took his arm, and we walked together to the place of
execution, where I was told it was the General’s orders that I should
leave him, which I peremptorily refused. Harry begged I would go.
Clasping my hands around him, (I did not weep till then) I said I
could bear anything but leaving him. Three times he kissed me and
entreated I would go; and, looking round to recognise some friend
to put me in charge of he beckoned to a Mr. Boyd, and said ‘He will
take charge of you.’ … and fearing any further refusal would disturb
the last moments of my dearest brother, I suffered myself to be led

And commenting on Henry Joy’s part in the 1798 rebellion, she stated;

“Notwithstanding the grief that overcame every feeling for a time,
and still lingers in my breast, connecting every passing event with
the remembrance of former circumstances which recall some act or
thought of his, I never once wished that my beloved brother had
taken any other part than that which he did take.”


Mary Ann had a plan in place to recusitate her brother straight after the hanging with help from Dr McDonnell. Dr McDonnell had studied artificial resperation and would be skilled for the task. However, sending his cousin instead, who was a skilled surgeon but had no experience in resusitation, he was unable to revive Henry Joy.