#OTD in 1916 – Sean Healy, one of the youngest martyrs of the Easter Rebellion, was shot and fatally wounded.

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Sean Healy, 15 years old, was a member of the Fianna Eireann North Frederick Street Sluagh. He joined in 1913. When the Fianna was restructured in 1915, his branch became No. 6 Company in the Fianna Battalion. Sean Heuston, who was also vice-Commandant of the whole Dublin Battalion, was also his Company commander.

He was involved in the transportation of arms across Dublin on Easter Saturday and when the Rising began on Easter Monday he had not yet received mobilisation orders. By the Tuesday he made his way towards Jacobs. Commandant MacDonagh gave him a dispatch to deliver to an officer at Phibsboro Bridge, knowing he lived nearby and in the hope that he would then go home. Healy did venture home briefly to inform his mother that he was alright but as he made his way back to Commandant MacDonagh he was shot in the head at Phibsboro corner.

His last words were reportedly “God Bless the Volunteers”. While it has been reported in many books that he died instantly, according to the Sisters of Mercy, Healy was brought to the Mater hospital where his “brain was hanging out all over his forehead, he died two days later”. He was the youngest casualty in the Easter Rising on the Republican side.

There is a commemoration plaque where he was shot on Doyle’s Corner, Phibsborough, Dublin 7


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