Monday 21 October 2019

Listen to A History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects Ep 10: A 1916 memorial card from 1917

The final episode in a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses a 1916 memorial card that was bought on Moore St in 1917.

16 Moore Street was owned by a poulterer, Patrick Plunkett; and we have seen, it was the building in which the leaders of the Rising made the final decision to surrender. The building next door, 17 Moore Street, was the premises of R.J. Gore, a chemist who lived in Clontarf.

According to a handwritten note on the back of the memorial card, it was bought 'from a man who came into the shop 17 Moore Street Dublin on 19 March 1917...11 months before this J. Connolly was carried out of this same house badly wounded afterward shot with other leaders'.

The card is dedicated, in part, to those same 'leaders'. It began by requesting prayers for the 'repose of the souls of the following Irishmen who were executed by military law, May 1916'; it then lists the sixteen who were executed.

But it did not confine itself to them: the card names an additional sixty men 'who were killed whilst fighting for Ireland', and requests prayers for the repose of thier souls along with that of Francis Sheehy Skeffington.

The card was produced on behalf of the Irish National Aid and Volunteers Dependents Fund, which was formed by the amalgamation of two charitable organisations established to support prisoners and their families after the rising.

'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' by John Gibney is available now.

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