Thursday 27 July 2017

Heroes of 1916 remembered as love notes are left at the 'Big Fellow's grave

Hailstones fall during the ceremony for the priests who delivered the last rites to 1916 leaders at Kilmainham Gaol. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Hailstones fall during the ceremony for the priests who delivered the last rites to 1916 leaders at Kilmainham Gaol. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Valentine’s Day messages and flowers are left at the grave of Michael Collins, in Glasnevin Cemetery. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Wayne O'Connor and Ryan Nugent

The heroes of 1916 were remembered at a ceremony in Kilmainham Gaol yesterday, as admirers also visited the grave of Michael Collins with Valentine's Day love letters.

The 14 leaders of the Easter Rising, who were executed for their role in the rebellion, were commemorated with the laying of a wreath inside the old prison yesterday.

A small crowd filled a tiny chapel in Kilmainham as the Capuchin friars paid tribute to Padraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, John McBride and the other leaders who were killed by firing squad.

They also paid tribute to five priests who delivered the last rites and documented the events before and after the executions.

Kilmainham Gaol board of visitors member Damien Cassidy read a paragraph from the Proclamation before the group moved outside.

A wreath was laid by Labour TD Joe Costello and Siptu general president Jack O'Connor before the group sang a verse of 'Amhrán na bhFiann'.

Meanwhile, Michael Collins was remembered as a romantic hero 94 years after his death - as admirers from both Ireland and abroad left love letters at his graveside on Valentine's Day.

Flowers from a French admirer were left at Mr Collins's grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, with a note saying: "In loving memory of Michael. Happy Valentine's Day. Love from Veronica."

Irish Independent

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