Easter Rising Commemoration: A Family Affair

This weekend sees the annual commemoration events associated with the anniversary of the 1916 rising. But what is it like when your own family memories and stories are melded with history, with the memories and stories of the nation itself?

For no one is this more true than for the relatives of those who took part in the rising, and particularly for those who are related to the seven leaders, the signatories of the Proclamation itself.

Last year, the 100th anniversary of the Rising, I spoke to one such person, Honor O’Brolcháin (You can listen to the interview in the embedded audio clip).

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Grand Old Lady Of Rebel Row

No 9 Belgrave Rd today. The plaque to the left of the door commemorates Dr. Kathleen Lynn who lived in the house from 1903–1955.

No 9 Belgrave Rd today. The plaque to the left of the door commemorates Dr. Kathleen Lynn who lived in the house from 1903–1955.

Period redbrick houses in Dublin 6 are among the most desirable of residences for many. This is due in part to the elegance of their high ceilings, large reception rooms joined with classic double doors, big sash windows and, if you’re lucky, intact mouldings, ceiling roses, stairways and fireplaces. Then there’s the location of the old Victorian suburbs like Rathmines which offer walking distance to the City Centre coupled with the graceful old tree-lined roads and parks of the period. Continue reading