|We're off to find Kilmainham...|
Joesph Plunkett is probably one of the most famous of these men. Not really because he was an amazing leader, but because of his tragic story. He was a poet and in love with a woman named Grace. On his final night in the jail, he and Grace were finally married in the chapel in Kilmainham. They were then separated and later given about 10 minutes to say goodbye before he was taken out and shot with the 13 others at dawn.
This song is a tragically sad story of their last night.
|Joesph and Grace Plunkett|
We were able to look into the cell she stayed in.
|The inside of a cell in the old jail.|
At the time of the Rising, it was probably the most unpopular rising in Irish History. When these rebels were taken away, even the locals were scoffing and spitting on them. This was because the rising took place during World War one when thousands of Irish men were overseas dying.
But the British made a fatal mistake by shooting these 14 rebels. In doing so, they became martyrs. In the course of two months, the support of the Irish had swung behind the Rising, and they were stirred up against the British, and in the following years, Ireland finally shook off the control of England.
Under the harp is the Gaelic name for Ireland -- Eire.