Each year, the North Inner City Folklore Project mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising by erecting a plaque in the inner city, marking the contribution of their community to the period. It’s an important job, but only one part of what the Project does, and its collecting of oral testimonies from inner-city Dubliners will prove priceless in years to come. It is history from the bottom up, and anyone curious about the project will enjoy a recent audio interview I conducted with Terry Fagan about its work.
This year on Easter Monday the North Inner City Folklore Project will be unveiling a plaque to Sean Heuston, who was born in 1891 at Lower Gloucester Street, now Seán MacDermott Street. The event is non-party political, and begins at 12 noon at Liberty Hall with the raising of the flag. The statement from the Project in advance of the commemoration is below:
5 April 2012
EASTER MONDAY MORNING (12 NOON, 9 APRIL) EVENT TO MARK THE 1916 EASTER RISING
Unveiling of plaque to Captain Seán Heuston,
Irish Volunteers, 1916
ON EASTER MONDAY, the Dublin North Inner City Folklore Project is honouring local man Irish Volunteer Captain Seán Heuston who was born in 1891 at Lower Gloucester Street now (Seán MacDermott Street). Heuston was executed by a British military firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol on 8 May 1916 at the age of 25.
The event will open at 12 noon with a re-enactment of the hoisting of the Citizen Army flag at Liberty Hall in 1916 by James Connolly and a young 14-year-old girl from Gardiner Street, Molly O’Reilly.
This will be recreated Easter Monday by the grandson of James Connolly, James Connolly-Herron, and Molly O’Reilly’s niece, Ciara Gallagher. A colour party in the period uniforms of the Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan will accompany them.
The crowd will then parade to Lower Seán MacDermott Street led by pipers and people carrying photographs of the leaders of the Easter Rising.
At 1pm, at Lower Seán MacDermott Street, facing Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Constance Corcoran (daughter of Molly O’Reilly, whose mother was a member of the City Hall garrison) and Mrs Steenson (whose mother was a member of the GPO/Clery’s garrison) will unveil the plaque to Seán Heuston.
Two children from the area will lay wreaths at the spot.
After a lament by the pipers, there will be a 1916-1922 photographic exhibition, in a nearby community hall.