THE SEVEN SIGNATORIES OF THE IRISH PROCLAMATION.
In this set you will get all seven of the signatories as well as an additional free print of the Irish Proclamation.
The Seven Signatories:
JAMES CONNOLLY. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
Following the surrender, he said to other prisoners: “Don’t worry. Those of us that signed the proclamation will be shot. But the rest of you will be set free.”
Executed 1916 age 47.
PADRIAC PEARSE. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
When the Easter Rising eventually began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, it was Pearse who read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic from outside the General Post Office, the headquarters of the rising.
Pearse and fourteen other leaders, including his brother Willie, were court-martialed and executed by firing squad.
Executed 1916 age 36.
THOMAS CLARKE. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
Before execution, he asked his wife Kathleen to give this message. Message to the Irish People, 3 May 1916.
‘I and my fellow signatories believe we have struck the first successful blow for Irish freedom. The next blow, which we have no doubt Ireland will strike, will win through. In this belief, we die happy.’
Executed 1916 age 58.
JOSEPH PLUNKETT. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
Seven hours before his execution by firing squad, he was married in the prison chapel to his sweetheart Grace Gifford, a Protestant convert to Catholicism, whose sister, Muriel, had years before also converted and married his best friend Thomas MacDonagh, who was also executed for his role in the Easter Rising.
Executed 1916 age 28.
ÉAMONN CEANNT. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
In July 1926, The Irish Independent published an article that included Eamonn Ceannt’s last message, written a few hours before his execution from cell 88 Kilmainham Gaol, on May 7, 1916.
“I leave for the guidance of other Irish Revolutionaries who may tread the path which I have trod this advice, never to treat with the enemy, never to surrender at his mercy, but to fight to a finish…Ireland has shown she is a nation. This generation can claim to have raised sons as brave as any that went before. And in the years to come Ireland will honour those who risked all for her honour at Easter 1916.”
Executed 1916 age 34.
THOMAS MACDONAGH. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
His friend Francis Ledwidge’s Lament for Thomas MacDonagh. In a poem rich with allegory – the Dark Cow is an 18th-century symbol of Ireland, for instance – the doomed Ledwidge wrote:
‘He shall not hear the bittern cry In the wild sky where he is lain, Nor voices of the sweeter birds Above the wailing of the rain… But when the Dark Cow leaves the moor And pastures poor with greedy weeds, Perhaps he’ll hear her low at morn, Lifting her horn in pleasant meads.
Executed 1916 age 38.
SEAN MAC DIARMADA. IRISH REVOLUTIONARY. EXECUTED 1916.
Before his execution, Mac Diarmada wrote, “I feel happiness the like of which I have never experienced. I die that the Irish nation might live!”
Executed 1916 age 33.