Michael Ahearne was an ex-Cabra pupil from Dungarvan. His education in St Joseph's was funded by the local Board of Guardians, but it seems he left school before his education was finished.
Michael became a prolific offender when he returned home and was often up in front of the magistrates at the Dungarvan Petty Sessions, but he seemed well able to challenge the authorities in written English.
But Michael was not taking this lying down. He had the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses - including the prosecuting policmen. He wrote a question to another of the arresting policemen, Sgt. Creedon, asking if it was true that he used his baton on him that night. Creedon replied that he had - when Michael was gripping him "in the most determined fashion", Creedon had struck Michael on the knuckles. Maybe this contributed to Michael's anger - striking with a baton the fingers that he used to sign and write with, so central to the existence of a Deaf person.
Michael would continue to be a regular in front of the courts in Dungarvan. In 1944 he died in the Waterford Mental Hospital (now St Otteran's Hospital), having come at some stage before his death from the County Home in Dungarvan.
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