Eamon Bulfin, the Irish Argentinian who hoisted the Green Flag of the Republic over the GPO. #1916

Eamon Bulfin was an Argentine-born Irish republican. A former pupil at Pádraig Pearse’s school St Enda’s (Sgoil Éanna), in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Bulfin was a member of the Irish Volunteers and the IRB and along with some fellow St Enda’s students created home-made bombs in the school’s basement in preparation for the Easter Rising. He was stationed in the GPO for the Rising and raised one of the Irish Volunteers’ flags on the building. After being interned at Frongoch prison, Bulfin’s death sentence was commuted because he was born in Argentina. Deported to Buenos Aires, he was jailed for deserting military service.

Éamon de Valera made Bulfin Irish Representative to Argentina. De Valera described Bulfin’s job as to “inaugurate direct trade between Ireland and the Argentine Republic, to co-ordinate Irish opinion in the Argentine, and to bring it into the Irish demand for a republic.” While carrying out these duties, Bulfin maintained a close line of communication with Michael Collins. Released in 1919, he co-ordinated fundraising and arms shipments from there until he returned to Ireland in 1922 becoming active in local politics.

Bulfin Road in Inchicore, Dublin 8 is named after him.

Image: Eamon Bulfin, Declan Kerr Easter 1916 Series

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