Shortt sharp shock Show re­veals Pat’s rel­a­tive was fac­ing mur­der charge

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Pat with dad Christy

Kil­li­naskully star is one of 11 chil­dren but both his dad Christy and his mother Mary, who died when he was just seven, were only chil­dren.

He was de­lighted to find out his de­scen­dants had a colour­ful past but con­fessed he was as­ton­ished to find out his mother’s grand-un­cle, Wil­liam Al­lis, had spent time in Clon­mel Jail charged with mur­der.

Pat said: “The run­ning joke [in the fam­ily] was what if we find a mur­derer? We all laughed. I did not ex­pect that.”

It emerged his great -grand-un­cle Wil­liam was locked up on April 1869 at the age of 24 for the mur­der of a Mr Brad­shaw, who was his land­lord. He was ar­rested af­ter it emerged his fam­ily were afraid they were go­ing to be evicted and Mr Brad­shaw had also been hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with Wil­liam’s sis­ter who was sent to Eng­land.

But as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion goes on po­lice records, they show Mr Brad­shaw had a wife, a mistress and also had a string of af­fairs with lo­cal women.

The records re­veal how Wil­liam was even­tu­ally let off the hook when a hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide test – the foren­sic blood anal­y­sis test only in use for six years at the time in Ire­land – found there was no blood on his clothes.

Foren­sic his­to­rian Dr Barry Ken­nerk said the neg­a­tive re­sults for blood on Wil­liam’s clothes meant it was an “open and shut case” which meant the charges were dropped.

Pat added: “That test was ab­so­lutely cru­cial. If it had

Pat in Kil­li­naskully come back and said it was blood, it was over, he was go­ing straight to the gal­lows. “Was he the only per­son with mo­tive? No, he wasn’t. It was like a Cluedo game. We’ll never ac­tu­ally know who did it.” He also learned his ma­ter­nal grand­mother had been on a trip to Bom­bay in In­dia to teach in her early 20s and had al­ready re­turned home in 1914. He said: “I have to say I’m to­tally gob­s­macked. I re­mem­ber this quite strict old woman. “I sup­pose we tor­mented the life out of her. I heard she was a gov­erness. To think she was an ad­ven­tur­ous, ex­cit­ing young woman in her early 20s – it’s all very ex­cit­ing.” Who Do You Think You Are? airs on RTE One tonight at 9.30pm. news@irish­mir­

The run­ning joke [in the fam­ily] was what if we find a mur­derer? PAT SHORTT ON HIS FAM­ILY HIS­TORY REV­E­LA­TIONS

FAM­ILY FAM­ILY HIS­TORY Pat Shortt in Who Do You Think You Are?

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