Warning voices from history
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.
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.