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Executions 1916


ProclamationAfter the Easter Rising of 1916, 170 men and 1 woman were tried by General Field Court Martial under the Defence of the Realm Act, 1914.

90 were sentenced to death and 15 had their sentences confirmed.

16 were executed in total, the following by firing squad.

3 May, 1916: Patrick Pearse, Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh. Kilmainham Jail.

4 May, 1916: Joseph Plunkett, Edward Daly, William Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan. Kilmainham Jail.

William Pearse and Padraig Pearse were brothers.

Joseph Plunkett married his fiancée, Grace Gifford, in Kilmainham Jail chapel at 1.30 am on 4 May.

An hour before his execution he was allowed a supervised ten minute visit in his cell.

5 May, 1916: John MacBride. Kilmainham Jail.

8 May, 1916: Eamonn Ceannt, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert, Sean Heuston. Kilmainham Jail.

9 May, 1916: Thomas Kent. Cork Military Detention Barracks.

Thomas Kent was on the run and his house, Bawnard House near Fermoy, Co. Cork was surrounded.

One police constable, Head-Constable William Rowe was killed in a shoot-out.

Thomas Kent was buried in the men's prison of Cork Jail which is now part of the campus of University College Cork.

Thomas Kent remains buried in the grounds of UCC.

Thomas Kent's firing squad consisted of sailors from the naval base at Haulbowline.

Richard Kent, brother of Thomas was mortally wounded.

12 May, 1916: James Connolly, Sean Mac Diarmada. Kilmainham Jail.

James Connolly was executed while sitting in a chair.

He was wounded in the GPO and could not stand.

3 August, 1916: Sir Roger Casement. Hanged at Pentonville Prison, London.

Roger Casement had landed at Banna Strand, Co. Kerry from a German submarine and had been captured.

Two more of the leaders were sentenced to death but their sentences were commuted to imprisonment.

Eamonn De Valera, because he was an American citizen.

Countess Markievicz, because she was a woman.

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Roger CasementRoger Casement.

Born: Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, 1 September, 1864.

Executed: Pentonville Prison, 3 August, 1916 (Hanged).


Eamonn CeanntEamonn Ceannt.

Born: Ballymoe, Co. Galway, 21 September, 1881.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 8 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Thomas ClarkeThomas Clarke.

Born: Isle of Wight, 11 March, 1858.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 3 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Con ColbertCon Colbert.

Born: Athea, Co. Limerick, 19 October, 1888.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 8 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


James ConnollyJames Connolly.

Born: Edinburgh, 5 June, 1868.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 12 May, 1916 (Firing Squad)


Edward DalyEdward Daly.

Born: Limerick, 28 February, 1891.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 4 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Sean HeustonSean Heuston.

Born: Dublin, 21 February, 1891.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 8 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Thomas KentThomas Kent.

Born: Castlelyons, Co. Cork, 29 August, 1865.

Executed: Cork Military Detention Barracks, 9 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Michael MallinMichael Mallin.

Born: Dublin c. 1874.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 8 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


John MacBrideJohn MacBride.

Born: Westport, Co. Mayo, 7 May, 1965.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 5 May, 1916, (Firing Squad).


Sean Mac DiarmadaSean Mac Diarmada.

Born: Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim, January, 1883.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 12 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Thomas McDonaghThomas McDonagh.

Born: Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, 1 February, 1878.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 3 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Michael O'HanrahanMichael O'Hanrahan.

Born: New Ross, Co. Wexford, 16 January, 1877.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 4 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Patrick PearsePatrick Pearse.

Born: Dublin, 10 November, 1879.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 3 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


William PearseWilliam Pearse.

Born: Dublin, 15 November, 1881.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 4 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


Joseph PlunkettJoseph Plunkett.

Born: Dublin, 21 November, 1887.

Executed: Kilmainham Jail, 4 May, 1916 (Firing Squad).


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