Thursday 8 December 2016

Warning voices from history

Published 06/04/2010 | 05:00

I HAVE noticed that people writing about the 1916 Rising and who have a direct link to those events usually declare that connection. This is something I feel very uncomfortable about: I do not have much time for hereditary insight or importance. I declare my own connection only to make a point.

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On Easter Monday 1916, my grandmother Geraldine Plunkett, whom I grew up with on the same road in Dublin, married Thomas Dillon.

Her brother, Joe Plunkett, was the military organiser of the rebellion and a signature of the Proclamation. Thomas Dillon's close cousin was John Dillon, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Westminster, and successor to John Redmond.

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