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Thursday 17 April 2014

Liveline appeal to discover the lost children of the 1916 Rising

RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy has said there is a lot more work to be done to discover the truth behind the lost children of the 1916 revolution.

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

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

Since beginning his research into the deaths, Duffy has made contact with relatives of six of the children, but says that this is far from the end of the story.

“About a year ago the Jack and Jill foundation asked me to do a radio art project about how many children were killed in the 1916 rising,” he told Independent.ie.

“The brilliant thing about today is that we put out a call and we now have relatives of six of the children who have come forward.

“We are trying to find out more information about the children and what exactly happened to them.”

Joe’s own painting of children scavenging in the ruins off Sackville Street, now known as O’Connell Street during the rising, will be on display in the GPO until the middle of January.

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

“It is coming up to 2016 and the 100 year anniversary of the rising,” explained Duffy.

“There are 77 rebels who will rightly be remembered, but these 38 children were also a part of this incredible week in our history so they also deserve to be remembered.”

“We ask people to take time over the Christmas and New Year break to have a chat with family and friends, particularly with older relations and anyone who may have a connection back to these children,” he added.

Margaret ‘Maggie’ Veale (13) was peeping out of her bedroom window on Haddington Road on Easter Monday when she was hit by a spray of ten bullets from a Gatling gun. 

She was carried to hospital on a ladder and died on April 30 from her wounds.

“There isn’t enough access to the information that is needed,” said her grand-nephew Richard Veale.

“Sadly because of the burning in the public records office so much archaeological information has been lost and it’s very sad when you are trying to do the research.”

“She is in a family grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, but we would like an official record to be made and to receive a death certificate for her” explained Richard’s sister, Patricia Elliot.

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