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  • Thomas Mac Curtain (1884 - 1920)
    Thomas Mac Curtain Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Ireland. Easter Rising and military career In April 1916 at the outset of the Easter Rising Mac Curtain commanded a force of up to 1,000 me...
  • Robert Brennan (1881 - 1964)
    Robert Brennan Robert Brennan (1881 – 13 November 1964) was an Irish writer, diplomat and a founder of The Irish Press newspaper. He took part in the 1916 Easter Rising and later became the Ir...
  • Bernard O'Rourke (1874 - 1956)
    See Bernard O'Rourke's Census form- as gaelige, in Irish - at The UCD Archives web page on Bernard O'Rourke ( ) gives a short biog as follows : " Biographical History Born on 3 November 1874 to Patri...
  • Peter Blanchfield (1893 - d.)
    AFTER THE 1916 RISING THOSE ARRESTED WERE DISPERSED TO VARIOUS JAILS THROUGHOUT IRELAND, ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES Peter Blanchfield to Knutsford jail 1 May
  • Christopher Carrick (1892 - d.)
    Participant of the Easter Rising FRIDAY 19th MAY 1916 Results of trial by Field General Court-martial were issued at Richmond Barracks, Dublin: Christopher Carrick received ten years’ penal ...

1916 Easter Rising

The events of Easter 1916 are of seminal importance in Irish history. What began as a small uprising in the centre of Dublin on Easter Monday set in motion a series of developments which ultimately led to Irish independence. 2016 will see the centenary of this very important event in Irish history.

The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca), also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection staged in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was mounted by Irish republicans with the aims of ending British rule in Ireland, seceding from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and establishing an independent Irish Republic at a time when the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798

Aim of this project

The aim of this project is to collect genealogical profiles of all participants of the 1916 Easter Rising .

The number of participants in the 1916 Rising is said to have been 1599 people it would be great if we can add as many participants as possible to this project. Any help to build out the profiles already in the project would be very much appreciated too. Any questions or remarks please feel free to start a project discussion .

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The leaders:

Arrests and executions

In a series of courts martial beginning on 2 May 90 people were sentenced to death. Fifteen of those (including all seven signatories of the Proclamation) had their sentences confirmed by Maxwell and were executed at Kilmainham Gaol by firing squad between 3 and 12 May the bodies of all executed participants were never returned to their families as part of their punishment , among them :

Notable Persons involved in the 1916 Rising

Cumann na mBan

Cumann na mBan (The Irishwomen's Council) On 23 April 1916, when the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood finalised arrangements for the Easter Rising, it integrated Cumann na mBan, along with the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army, into the 'Army of the Irish Republic'. Patrick Pearse was appointed overall Commandant-General and James Connolly Commandant-General of the Dublin Division.

On the day of the Rising, Cumann na mBan members, including Winifred Carney, who arrived armed with both a Webley revolver and a typewriter, entered the General Post Office on O'Connell Street in Dublin with their male counterparts. By nightfall, women insurgents were established in all of the major rebel strongholds throughout the city – bar one. Éamon de Valera steadfastly refused, in defiance of the orders of Pearse and Connolly, to allow women fighters into the Boland's Mill garrison.

The majority of the women worked as Red Cross workers, were couriers, or procured rations for the men. Members also gathered intelligence on scouting expeditions, carried despatches and transferred arms from dumps across the city to insurgent strongholds.

Constance Markievicz for example – armed with a pistol – during the opening phase of the hostilities shot a policeman in the head near St Stephen's Green. Later, Markievicz along with other female fighters[citation needed] – after a day of carrying out sniper attacks on British troops in the city centre – demanded that they be allowed to bomb the Shelbourne Hotel. Helena Moloney was among the soldiers who attacked Dublin Castle, where she worked with the wounded.

A number of Cumann na mBan members died in the Rising, including volunteer Margaretta Keogh who was shot dead outside the South Dublin Union.

Women of the Easter Rising

Heroes of the Easter Rising:

All the above have an Irish Railway station named after them

Arrests after the Easter Rising

AFTER THE 1916 RISING THOSE ARRESTED WERE DISPERSED TO VARIOUS JAILS THROUGHOUT IRELAND, ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES For a list with over 1200 names see prison record list on Geni

Ordinary volunteers in Easter Rising

Explore the many testimonies and accounts of the surviving leaders, the veterans and volunteers who took part in the historic events of the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and Civil War, along with a plethora of supporting documentation gathered from the participants through the unique collection that is the Military Service (1916-1923) - See more at: Military archives

Volunteers who were captured

For the full list see the Prison record list

Sources that can be used

Photographs

Photograph album

External links