Tuesday 21 February 2017

Plaque to honour Plunkett 100 years after his execution

Jane O'Faherty

Published 05/05/2016 | 02:30

Lt Col John Whittaker and Noel Scarlett, grand nephew of the Pearse brothers, at a ceremony to commemorate execution of 1916 leaders Joseph Plunkett, Edward Daly, Michael O'Hanrahan, and William Pearse at the Stonebreakers Yard in Kilmainham Gaol
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Lt Col John Whittaker and Noel Scarlett, grand nephew of the Pearse brothers, at a ceremony to commemorate execution of 1916 leaders Joseph Plunkett, Edward Daly, Michael O'Hanrahan, and William Pearse at the Stonebreakers Yard in Kilmainham Gaol Photo: RollingNews.ie
Pictured at The Unveiling of the plaque to 1916 Leader Joseph Mary Plunkett were his nephew and niece Seirse Plunkett and Siobhan Plunkett Gibney Photo: COLIN O'RIORDAN

Joseph Plunkett's birthplace has been marked with an official plaque, 100 years on from the patriot's execution.

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The plaque at 26 Fitzwilliam Street was erected by Dublin City Council and was the brainchild of historian Honor Ni Brolchain, who is Joseph's grandniece.

Seoirse Plunkett, Joseph's nephew, said he deserved to be remembered for "his outstanding dedication to the achievement of independence in less than another 800 years."

Seoirse also said the whole Plunkett family supported Joseph in his quest for independence, adding: "Most of them were jailed in 1916".

"Even my grandmother, the Countess, was jailed," he said. "The warder remarked on her release that she was the most dangerous of them all."

"We remember Joe, while there's nobody alive who actually knew him," he said. "But we who grew up with his two brothers and some of his sisters, we know him."

"If Joe was like his brothers...then he was the greatest friend a person could have, and Ireland's too."

Joseph's former home now houses the Ethiopian embassy but it has hosted historical figures such as Charles Stewart Parnell and Plunkett's fellow signatories.

Meanwhile, Honor Ni Brolchain said: "It's astonishing to get to this moment in time," adding that the only other places where he had been commemorated were Kimmage and the Ballymun tower - which has since been demolished.

"He was intelligent, enthusiastic, fast in everything and totally committed to women's rights," she added.

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