Wednesday 18 September 2019

Seán Healy, the 15-year-old boy killed in Phibsborough

the lost children

Seán Healy was the youngest combatant to die in the Rising on the republican side.

One of a family of ten who shared a home with two other families, he lived at 188 Phibsborough Road, close to the Mater Hospital, the King's Inns and Dalymount Park.

His family were active republicans and his father saw action during Easter Week with the smallest and least known of the participants on the rebel side, the Hibernian Rifles.

A member of the Fianna Éireann republican scouts, he had been sent home from the Jacob's Factory by Thomas MacDonagh because he was too young to fight.

According to Joe Duffy's excellent new book Children of the Rising, Healy's family believe he was asked to deliver a message by MacDonagh warning of an ambush on Phibsborough bridge. On his way back from Jacob's he called into his family home for a short time, then went out again.

A few minutes later, at the crossroads known as Doyle's Corner, Seán was shot in the head by a British soldier who was stationed at the bridge. He was taken to the Mater hospital, a few hundred metres away but his wounds were too severe. He was just 15 years old.

A plaque in the pathway at Phibsborough marks the spot where Seán Healy died. LS

Irish Independent

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