Thursday 22 February 2018

Anniversary of the murder of an outstanding man of peace

The facts of the killing of pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington in 1916 should not be forgotten, writes Ulick O'Connor

Francis Sheehy Skeffington
Francis Sheehy Skeffington
The Sheehy Skeffingtons

Today is the 99th anniversary of an event which took place during the Easter Rising of 1916. It occurred in the Portobello army barracks, Rathmines and involved the shooting by the British army of Francis Sheehy Skeffington, aged 37.

Skeffington was an outstanding journalist who had been part of a brilliant group of students to come out of University College Dublin and which included Tom Kettle and James Joyce.

He was also an ardent pacifist, who had gone around the city during the Rising handing out peace pamphlets. A man of great bravery, he went to the help of an unarmed boy who had been shot by British troops, and who died in his arms.

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