Éamonn Ceannt, who was born in Ballymoe Co Galway, Ireland was one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. His father was an Officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and was stationed in Ballymoe when Éamonn was born. Éamonn Ceannt joined the Gaelic League in 1899, became a fluent Irish speaker and in 1912 joined the IRB. He worked as an accountant with Dublin Corporation from 1901.
During the 1916 Rising Éamonn Ceannt was in command of the 150 Volunteers who occupied the hospital on the south side of Dublin known as the South Dublin Union. It is now known as St James’ Hospital. When the hospital was commandeered by Éamonn Ceannt and the volunteers on April 24th 1916 there were 3,282 people including patients, doctors, nurses and ancillary staff on the site. The volunteers established their headquarters in the Nurses Home. The patients and staff were not evacuated during the fighting.
When the British Army attacked the Union on the afternoon of Monday 24th, the situation for staff and patients became perilous and many people lost their lives. One of those killed was Nurse Margaretta Kehoe from Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow who had been a nurse in the hospital for almost twenty years. She became the first female casualty of the Rising. With others who died in the fighting Nurse Kehoe was buried in the grounds of the hospital. Her remains were later exhumed and reinterred in Ballinabranna cemetery, Leighlinbridge.
While the Rising was in progress Éamonn Ceannt’s brother, William, was Company Sergeant Major with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers then based in Cork. Éamonn Ceannt was shot by the British Army on May 8th 1916 for his part in the Rising. Willaim Ceannt died fighting with the British Army on April 24, 1917 during the offensives at the battle of Arras in France.
Éamonn Ceannt was born in Ballymoe Co Galway in the year 1881 On This Day.
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