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Unlike the men executed after the 1916 Rising, there was little of the same idealisation given to the hundreds of men and women who died in the War of Independence, or, more emphatically, those executed during the regretable Civil War.
In political terms, these last few weeks have been depressing. First, we were subjected to the electoral version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (aka the Irish presidency), while thousands of Irish families remain homeless, with no sign of a publicly financed house building programme.
An interesting story has emerged linking a badly burnt survivor from the SS Athenia, a Galway pharmacy, and Glasgow’s Riverside Museum.
It is no coincidence that the Regional (now the University College) Hospital and Merlin Park opened almost simultaneously in the mid 1950s. The Old Central Hospital, which had opened in 1922, became unfit for purpose, mainly due to overcrowding, and the difficulty accommodating long stay tuberculosis patients. Tuberculosis, or TB, was, in the early decades of the 20th century, at epidemic proporations. The same year that the Central Hospital opened, the same year as the foundation of our State, there were 4,614 deaths from TB; 611 were children under 15 years.
Galway City native Dr. Brendan Tobin, self described “nomadic lawyer” and human rights activist will give a talk on “Orphans of the Rubber Boom: Roger Casement’s Legacy in the Amazon” in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Monday next - November 21 - at 6.30 p.m.
We are in the last days of summer. It is safe to say that we have not had a great summer weather-wise, but we have had a wonderful few days last weekend and into this week. I hope you all will have had a chance to enjoy it, and that young people will have an opportunity to do all the enjoyable outdoor pursuits before school beckons.
Roger Casement, humanitarian, human rights campaigner, and Irish patriot, will be honoured and celebrated in Connemara on the centenary of his execution by the British, for this role in the 1916 Rising.
Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford were to have a joint wedding with his sister Geraldine Plunkett and her fiancé Tom Dillon, at the Rathmines church, Easter Sunday, April 24 1916. The confusion about the on/off Rising, the rumours about the possibility of Roger Casement being taken prisoner in Kerry, kept the couples guessing as to what would happen. But Joseph, one of the principle organisers of the Rising, probably knew more that what he said to his sister, that Grace ‘did not know the smallest thing about the political situation, and had no idea whatever of such things’.*