The following account of the unfortunate issue of another attempt to cast out a devil in Ireland is from the Dublin Star:-
A poor humble man, named Halloran, residing near Loughren, in the neighbourhood of Kilchrist, being in a state of lunacy, his relatives were persuaded by their Confessor that he was possessed of a devil. In such an exigency no time was to be lost; and as the Holy Father who had made the discovery was a celebrated exorcise, he was immediately employed to dispossess the demoniac of his troublesome spiritual tenant. Having, therefore, procured a sufficient quantity of strong spirits for the occasion, his Reverence commenced his exorcisms by taking a potion, to prepare him the better for the spiritual warfare in which he was about to engage. The demoniac was then stretched on a bed, in the presence of his mother and several spectators, who assisted in the operation. After opening his mouth by means of a gag, the exorcist forced a large spoon down the unfortunate man's throat, for the purpose of bringing up, as he said, the demon! but, instead of bringing out a spirit, he pulled the tongue out of the lunatic's mouth, in consequence of which he expired shortly afterwards! - Why was this horrible transaction passed over without investigation? Was there not an inquest held on the body? Perhaps it maybe said the officiating Priest was insane. To this we answer in the negative; for, after undergoing the trifling punishment of three months suspension from his duty, to which he was sentenced by his superiors, he was restored to his clerical situation and is now invested with full authority to perform all his spiritual functions.
A terrible tale indeed and one that is not easily forgotten at any time of the year, let alone as Halloween approaches!