Tuesday 19 September 2017

Joe penning book on Rising's child victims

RTE's Joe Duffy with his painting which has been made into a card as he seeks help in researching children who died violently in the Rising, with author Ann Mathews
RTE's Joe Duffy with his painting which has been made into a card as he seeks help in researching children who died violently in the Rising, with author Ann Mathews

Eimear Rabbitte

RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy has revealed his intention to write a book about the lost children of the 1916 Rising.

The 'Liveline' host unveiled his painting in commemoration of the 38 children who died violently during the uprising in Dublin more than 97 years ago.

Little has been made known publicly about the children and Duffy is appealing to the public for help in shedding more light on their lives.

"We want to do a proper account to give lives to all of these children," he told the Irish Independent. "We are getting stories and new information because we have only 38 names and addresses, but they all tell a story. I am looking for a publisher and maybe I will aim the book at children."

Since beginning his research into the deaths after consulting historian Dr Anne Matthews, Duffy has made contact with relatives of six of the children.

Duffy's own painting of the children scavenging in the ruins off Sackville Street, now O'Connell Street, will be on display in the GPO until the mid-January.

It is accompanied by a free postcard listing the names and addresses of the children who died in the Rising -- most of whom were killed accidentally in crossfire or explosions.

For more information read Ann Matthew's book 'Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1923'.

Irish Independent

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