Monday 23 January 2017

Remembering the forgotten female heroes of the 1916 Rising

Published 21/04/2016 | 02:30

Captain May Kelly’s uniform
Captain May Kelly’s uniform

The following letter is based on notes and memories from discussing the Rising with some relatives which you may find interesting:

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On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, when hearing that the Rising had started, Clan Na Gael Girl Scouts Margaret Fagan, Mary Jane Stapleton, Annie Tobin and Mary McLoughlin, under Captain May Kelly, reported for duty at their outposts at the GPO. At the Four Courts: the two Healy sisters, Kathleen and Teresa (their younger brother, Sean Healy, a 15-year-old Fianna boy, was shot at Phibsboro after calling to his mother to say he was all right while carrying dispatches).

At Jacobs: Annie O'Hagan and Cecilia Conroy. Captain Kelly had already sent the younger members of Clan Na Gael on a hike up the Dublin Mountains to keep them away from the city.

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