Monday 15 October 2018

The O'Rahilly's Note

Rory Egan

UNDER a bronze harp, wreathed in oak and laurel leaves, stands a limestone plaque (above) bearing the last words written by a dying man to his wife, in 1916. The words bear testimony to a love story that lived on long after the writer and remains a tragic footnote to our nation's birth.

The O'Rahilly, as he was known to all, was the only leader of the 1916 Rising to die in action.

In early life he went to America to study medicine, and met his beloved 'Nancy'. Nannie Brown was a sought-after socialite, accomplished pianist and a great lover of music. They returned to Ireland, where they had five children.

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