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Sunday 17 December 2017

'Overdue' recognition for unsung 1916 heroes

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Irish Citizen Army (ICA) chief-of-staff Michael Mallin and organiser William Partridge finally received monuments recognising their role in the 1916 Rising.

TDs from different political parties turned up to witness the unveiling of the two plaques at 122 Emmett Road, Inchicore, Dublin.

This building was first purchased by ITGWU founder Jim Larkin in 1913, who then appointed Mr Partridge as manager. Mr Partridge organised union meetings at the hall.

Volunteers practised and drilled in the hall from 1914 until 1916.

Niall O Callanain (pictured), great grandson of Mr Mallin, said that the tribute was "long overdue".

Command of ICA during 1916 was devolved to Mr Mallin, who was in the Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephen's Green when James Connolly was in the GPO.

Mr Mallin was captured, tried and executed in Kilmainham Jail on May 8, 1916. Mr Partridge was sent to Lewes prison, and he died soon after his release in 1917.

Irish Independent

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