James Connolly was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1868. His parents were poor rural laborers from Monaghan that had traveled to the capital of Scotland in search of better opportunity only to settle in one of the city’s poorest sections, an Irish enclave in the Cowgate section … [Read more...] about James Connolly, Champion of the Irish Working Man and Woman
Sean Mac Diarmada was born in Corranmore, near Kiltyclogher in County Leitrim, the third youngest of ten children. He grew up in an area scarred by the sad history of Ireland’s experience under English rule. Surrounding his boyhood home there was an ancient sweathouse, Mass rocks … [Read more...] about Sean Mac Diarmada, the “Mainspring of the Rising”.
On April 24, 1916 amidst the chaos of the newly seized Dublin General Post Office (GPO), a fifteen year old Roddy Connolly, acting as an aide to his father James Connolly, noticed a peculiar site. He saw men putting down a mattress in front of the stamps counter and a man in a … [Read more...] about Joseph Plunkett “more courage in his little finger than all the other leaders combined”.
Of the seven signers of the 1916 Proclamation Eammon Ceannt is likely, and unjustly, the least known. He did not possess the eloquence of Padraig Pearse nor the charisma of a James Connolly, but what he did possess a single-hearted devotion to Ireland and her people’s freedom and … [Read more...] about Eamonn Ceannt, Impassioned Heart of the Rising
In the aftermath of the Easter Rising, 16 men were executed for taking part in the fight for Ireland’s freedom. Naturally, the majority of the attention falls upon the leader and the signatories of the Proclamation. It would, however, be a grave injustice to not remember the … [Read more...] about Con Colbert, Forgotten Hero of 1916