President Michael D Higgins will be in Galway this Saturday to meet with relatives of a man who was wrongfully convicted and hanged for murder in 1882.

The President will attend Mass in Galway Cathedral at 11am on Saturday morning, followed by a reception and presentation of pardon to a visiting American relative of Myles Joyce, who was one of ten men arrested and charged with the murder of five members of the Joyce family in Maamtrasna on the Galway / Mayo border in 1882.

Joyce - also known as Maolra Seoige - was one of three men hanged for the offences, but it was later declared that he was wrongfully convicted.

Earlier this year, President Higgins granted a posthomous pardon to Mr Joyce, and on Saturday, he will meet with American descendants of Myles Joyce in Galway.

This was the first presidential pardon to be granted relating to an event dating back to before the foundation of the State.


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