BE INSPIRED – ARTISTS OF THE RISING

Padraig Pearse – Poet
10 Nov 1879 – 3 May 1916

Pearse was a bi-lingual writer, teacher, the first Provisional President of the Irish Republic as declared in 1916 and a visionary poet. He founded the New Ireland Literary Society dedicated to the study and spreading of Irish folk-lore, literature and poetry. As a teacher Pearse wrote that the true work of any teacher was “to help the child to realise himself at his best and worthiest.

Joseph Mary Plunkett – Poet
24 Nov 1887 – 4 May 1916

Born in Dublin, Plunkett was educated by Jesuits at the Catholic University School, Belvedere College and Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, England. He was interested in poetry, mysticism and religion and became a great friend of Thomas MacDonagh through their love of words. A gifted writer, one of his most famous poems was “I see his Blood Upon the Rose”.

Éamonn Ceannt – Musician
21 Sep 1881 – 8 May 1916

Ceannt was a cultural nationalist before he was a revolutionary nationalist. He expressed this through his involvement with the Gaelic League and with the Dublin Pipers’ Club and was a gifted piper. He was such an accomplished uileann piper that he won a gold medal at the 1906 Oireachtas and played for the Pope Pius X in Rome.

James Connolly – Writer/Playwright
21 Sep 1881 – 8 May 1916

Edinburgh’s own James Connolly, often seen as more of a political writer and Marxist theorist wrote poetry and even a play entitled Under Which Flag, it was about the Fenian Rising of 1867. He also wrote ballads many of which are still recited today, songs of Labour and Revolution, one of the most famous being A Rebel Song.

 

Thomas MacDonagh – Poet
01 Feb 1878 – 3 May 1916

Thomas MacDonagh was well known in literary circles. He was a school teacher, a keen language enthusiast and editor of The Irish Review. MacDonagh married Muriel Gifford whose sister Grace would later be married to Joseph Plunkett in Kilmainham Gaol. One of his more poignant poems is his Wishes for my Son who was born on Saint Cecilias Day 1912.

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