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Mary Aylward


The murder that shocked the county. The hangings that shook the country.
- Kirby, Paul


Were Richard and Mary Aylward hanged because they were Catholic?
Was she a cold-blooded murderer or a fearful wife protecting her husband?
Was Mary pregnant when executed?
Did three small children need to be made orphans?


Author and playwright Paul Kirby digs into the archives of Ireland, the United States and Canada to trace the lives of Mary and Richard Aylward as they leave the potato famine and prejudice behind, only to meet tragedy ahead of them in North Hastings and Belleville, Ontario.

Author: Paul Kirby
Title: Mary Aylward
Publisher: Kirby Books, Hastings County, Canada
Pages: 122
Other: A History of Hastings County book
ISBN: 978-0-9692497-5-7
Retail: $16.95