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Saturday 20 January 2018

Fionnula stands guard for 1916 site

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

ONE of the acting world greats took a step back in time yesterday.

Dubliner Fionnula Flanagan strode centre stage among the Moore Street traders as she lent her support to a campaign by the families of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders to preserve the site.

Long before she starred as Minnie Powell -- who was shot and died on Moore Street -- in 'The Shadow of a Gunman', Ms Flanagan knew the importance of 1916.

"I grew up in a Republican household, I was passionate about the works of Padraig Pearse and I still am," said the actress, who recently starred in 'The Guard'.

"There was an incredible romance attached to the event but then the basic thing is these people died to give us the proclamation so that is why this is terribly important."

James Connolly Heron -- a great grandson of James Connolly -- took the actress on a whirlwind tour around the rundown redbrick buildings and lanes as they walked in the footsteps of the 300 volunteers who had sought refuge in the terraced row of houses after evacuating the GPO.

The group of relatives are opposed to plans by property developer Joe O'Reilly to build a shopping centre on the site -- with the original facades from 14 to 17 Moore Street retained but the rest demolished.

A motion penned by the relatives is due to be proposed for Dail debate next week.

"You've enough malls in Ireland," said Ms Flanagan.

Irish Independent

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