Tuesday 23 January 2018

Grave of 1916 casualty marked

Mea Joblin (9) and her cousin Kate O’Grady (11), Edward Murphy’s great great grandchildren, at the unveiling at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Mea Joblin (9) and her cousin Kate O’Grady (11), Edward Murphy’s great great grandchildren, at the unveiling at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Ciara Treacy

A headstone has been placed at the once unmarked grave of a casualty of the 1916 Rising, who was mistakenly shot on his way from work, writes Ciara Treacy.

A ceremony was held at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday for Edward Murphy, "an extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life".

Having served in the Anglo-Boer War in 1902, Mr Murphy later settled in Dublin with his wife Margaret and the couple's five children. During the rebellion, when he was returning from work as a waiter, Mr Murphy tipped his hat to someone he knew at St Stephen's Green. This drew attention to him and he was shot instantly.

"He had been in the heat of battle and seen comrades die," his grandson Donald Gordon said.

"It is ironic that he was shot and killed by persons unknown on the streets of the city he loved so well."

Irish Independent

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