1916 – Final Executions of Easter Rising Leaders: James Connolly and Seán MacDiarmada.

The last executions of 1916 rebels are carried out. Ninety rebels were condemned to death. All but 15 were commuted to lengthy prison terms (most of whom were released in 1917). The executions were a watershed in Irish attitude to English rule. The vast majority of the Irish population begrudgingly accepted English rule and believed […]

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The Man Who Raised The Tricolour Over the GPO in 1916

Gearóid O’Sullivan was a teacher, Irish language scholar, high-ranking army officer, barrister and a TD from 1927 to 1937. He had the honour of raising the Tricolour over the GPO as fighting raged the streets of Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising. O’Sullivan, then 25, was the youngest IRB officer fighting in the GPO (three […]

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1887 – Joseph Mary Plunkett, Irish patriot and poet, is born in Dublin.

Joseph Plunkett, one of the leaders of the 1916 rising and a signatory of the Proclamation is born into a privileged background. His father was a Papal Count. A gifted writer, he met Thomas MacDonagh when he was tutored by him in Irish in preparation for the University College, Dublin, matriculation examinations. MacDonagh was to […]

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