PLUNKETT, JOSEPH MARY I1887-1916)

I drew and painted  this illustration of  Joseph Mary Plunkett who fought in the General Post Office during the Easter Rebellion as Commandant General of the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers.His aide-de-camp was the young Michael Collins who had returned from England to escape conscription into the British army. Joseph was one of the signatories whose name appears in the proclamation  and  was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He suffered from  tubercolosis most of his life. He met Roger Casement  in Germany and attempted with success to  secure arms for the cause..After the surrender in Moore Street he was sentenced to death. Seven hours before his execution he married his childhood sweetheart Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Gaol.

joseph mary plunkett

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