Sunday 25 September 2016

'My grandmother fought and fired a gun - but even my mother never knew'

David Kearns

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

Stephanie O’Shaughnessy (left) with Samantha and Ciaran Nugent and their daughter Shannon (8) at Cuffe Street in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Stephanie O’Shaughnessy (left) with Samantha and Ciaran Nugent and their daughter Shannon (8) at Cuffe Street in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers

Cuffe Street resident Samantha Nugent (49) knows all about the 1916 Rising - her own grandmother was among those Irish women who armed themselves and took up position amongst the rebel strongholds throughout the country.

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"My own mother didn't know she had fought and fired a gun.

"She was a sergeant in the Cumann na mBan. She never told my mum what she did during the Rising because no one spoke about it. She told us, the grandchildren, so that we would remember.

"It's so important to keep the stories from the Rising alive because people just don't know."

Watching with her husband Ciaran and daughter Shannon (8), Samantha said the parade's starting location had been "quite meaningful" for her.

"My family are originally from here - just over at Bishop Street - so we've known about the Rising all our lives. We grew up hearing the stories from those around us."

Pondering the ideals of the Proclamation, Samantha continued: "I'd say Pearse, Connolly and the rest would be disappointed.

"They fought for people to get freedom from greedy landlords but that's still very much a problem faced by a lot of people in Ireland."

Irish Independent

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