Remembering the Rising: 1916-2016

Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dublin Bus is proud to support cultural initiatives throughout the city to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising.

To mark this historical occasion we are posting A3 posters on all buses throughout our fleet from 11 March showing our support of the commemorations with the tagline “Is Cuimhin Linn” (We Remember) which is being used on Ireland 2016 and Dublin City Council promotional materials throughout the city.

1916: Portraits and Lives.

Dublin Bus is part of the fabric of Dublin and we can trace our origins back to the Dublin United Tramways Company. Our route network descended from the tram lines in operation in 1916. We have partnered with Royal Irish Academy to bring you a free eBook; “1916: Portraits and Lives.”  With the help of Royal Irish Academy, we have connected our routes to the ones rebels might have travelled on if they took the bus to the Rising.

The book is a selection of 40 articles from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography, dealing with 42 men and women whose careers, in one way or another, were deeply involved with the Easter Rising and events of 1916.

Below are some of those figures who feature in the book:

Thomas James (‘Tom’) Clarke (1858–1916), son of a British soldier, was born on the Isle of Wight and educated in Dungannon. He was the first signatory of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and he served in the GPO. He was executed 3 May 1916.

Edward Daly (1891–1916) was born in Limerick city to a strongly republican family. He was among the prisoners held outdoors in teeming rain before the Rotunda on the night after the surrender. He was executed on 4 May 1916.

Helen Gifford (Donnelly) (1880–1971) was active with her five sisters in feminist. During the Easter Rising she supervised the procurement and cooking of food for the Irish Citizen Army garrison in St Stephen’s Green and the College of Surgeons.

Elizabeth O'Farrell woman of the 1916 rising Elizabeth O'Farrell (1884–1957). A committed trade unionist, she was also involved in nationalist and suffragist organisations. During Easter week she served in the GPO. She delivered Pearse’s offer of surrender to British forces and later carried his surrender order to other insurgent garrisons.

Michael O’Hanrahan (1877–1916) Active in the Gaelic League, he worked with an Irish-language printer and on the Irish Volunteers headquarters clerical staff. During the Rising, he kept secret the concussion he suffered while serving in Jacob’s biscuit factory for fear of being ordered to hospital. He was executed on 4 May 1916.  Michael O'Hanrahan 1916 leader 

Padraig Pearse (1879–1916) He was director of military organisation of the Irish Volunteers, and later a member of the IRB military committee that planned the Rising. Author and signatory of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, he was leader of the republican forces during Easter week, ordering their surrender on 29 April. He was executed 3 May 1916.

Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887–1916) was instrumental in preparing the detailed plans for the Easter Rising. He served with the headquarters garrison in the GPO and married his fiancée, Grace Gifford, in Kilmainham Gaol hours before his execution, on 4 May.

Francis Sheehy Skeffington (1878–1916) Although sympathetic to home rule, he distrusted cultural nationalism and opposed military movements. He tried to prevent looting during the Rising, but was arrested and summarily shot on 26 April 1916 on the orders of a British officer, Captain John Bowen-Colthurst.

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