There are two children called James Gibney listed in the 1911 census for Dublin’s north inner city, and one of them died some days after the Rising, on 2 May 1916, and was buried in what was then Prospect Cemetery in Glasnevin. He was five years of age, and had lived at 16 Henrietta Place, a densely populated slum.
The Rising was an undemocratic act. The rebels represented the political margins of Irish life in 1916 - an unlikely cohort of Sinn Féin advocates, Fenians and socialists. As the Irish MP John Dillon mused, this was the first insurrection in Irish history in which the British Government had the majority on its side.
Christina Caffrey, at 22 months the youngest victim of the Rising, was shot in her mother's arms at the door of her house in Church Street. She was buried in an unmarked plot in Glasnevin that is now traversed by a walkway to the republican monument. It is sadly symbolic of the theme of this wonderfully compassionate book that her memory should have been trampled on for so many years and by none more than the throngs arriving to celebrate the memory of those who fought and died for a promise to cherish all the children of the nation equally.
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