Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Sept. 21st, 1881 - Eamonn Ceannt is born

On the 21st of September, 1881, Irish revolutionary Eamonn Ceannt was born in Glenamaddy, County Galway. In 1908, Ceannt joined Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Eventually, he became a member of the IRB Military Council, and was a signatory of the Proclamation of the Republic. During the Easter Rising, Ceannt was stationed in the South Dublin Union, where he and his force of 130 men, which included Cathal Brugha, fought with remarkable resiliance. As a member of the Provisional Government, Ceannt was executed by a British firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol on the 8th of May, 1916.

"I leave for the guidance of other revolutionaries, who may tread the path which I have trod, this advice; never treat with the enemy, never to surrender to his mercy, but to fight to a finish." - Eamonn Ceannt


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