Tuesday 21 November 2017

A truly moving picture for O'Rahilly's rebel bloodline

Richard O'Rahilly, aged 12, from Rathfarnham, Dublin, in front of a stained glass window featuring his great great grandfather, republican rebel Michael Joseph O'Rahilly, better known as 'The O'Rahilly', at its unveiling yesterday after it was relocated to the new Charles Institute at UCD's Belfield campus.

The historic stained glass window was originally installed in Earlsfort Terrace 76 years ago and commemorates the life of Kevin Barry, an IRA volunteer who was executed by the British Army during the War of Independence.

The four figures in the frame in Kenneth O'Halloran's photo are, from left, Padraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, Sean Mac Diarmada and 'The O'Rahilly'.

Education Minister Minister Ruairi Quinn was late for the launch -- and blamed his delay on his baldness.

Apologising for his late arrival, he told his audience he was at a medical appointment.

"I suffer from the same affliction that every bald man suffers and that's excessive exposure to the sun," he added to laughter.

Irish Independent

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