The Lost Heroes of Easter 1916

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Lieutenant (later General) Richard Mulcahy (above)

Commandant Thomas Ashe (top)

Mention ‘The Easter Rising‘ to anyone with a basic knowledge of Irish history and the words ‘glorious failure’ might be the response. It was the time when Irish republicans mounted the most serious insurrection against British rule since that of 1798.

Men and women from The Citizen Army, The Irish Volunteers and Cumann na Mban took control of  buildings throughout the city in a fight that lasted a week and ended in the destruction of large sections of the city’s main street and in the execution of the rebel leaders shortly thereafter.

The GPO, Boland’s Mill, The South Dublin Union these are names that resonate when it comes to 1916 as the battlegrounds for what became that ‘glorious failure’ as Patrick Pearse described it.

In the sleepy rural suburb of Ashbourne, Co Meath, however, it was anything but…

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