#OTD in 1917 – Hanna Sheehy Skeffington travelled to New York with her son, Owen, to speak about her husband’s murder during the Easter Rising.

In an interview with the New York Times, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington says she was determined to come to America to tell people about ‘my husband’s murder’, despite the British government’s refusal to give her a passport. ‘I am not willing to tell how I got here’, she said, before adding that she had been forced to adopt a disguise to elude the British authorities. She is accompanied by her 7-year old son, Owen.
 
She compared the behaviour of the British in Ireland to that of the Germans in Belgium. She also predicted that the attempted introduction of conscription to Ireland would end in another Rising.
 
Editor’s note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist over a 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.
Image | Hanna Sheehy Skeffington with her son Owen | Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division | Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
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