The Rising Dead
© Ray Bateson
In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising, Aine O’Rahilly went around the cemeteries of Dublin identifying and marking the graves of Volunteers killed
in the fight. The first permanent memorials, however, commemorated the British soldiers and policemen who died. It was 1929 before the recently formed National Graves Association erected their first memorial over the graves of 16 Volunteers in Glasnevin Cemetery. Since then, in every decade, many communities and old comrades associations have erected memorials to national and local heroes who took part in the Rising. The most commemorated individual is Patrick Pearse followed by James Connolly, Roger Casement, Tom Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh and Sean MacDermott. The memorials range from street and building names to murals, busts, statues and plaques. As the centenary approaches it is an appropriate time for the statutory authorities to embrace the event by way of providing information points, traditional and modern, at all key locations; by preserving buildings associated with the Rising; and by ensuring that Moore Street and its laneways are retained and developed as part of an overall plan for promoting the story of the Easter Rising for the historical, cultural and economic benefit of the city, the country and its people.
Memorials of the Easter Rising is a record of all the major monuments, memorials and plaques dedicated to individuals, buildings and events associated with the Easter Rising. It also includes murals, some temporary art installations, quirky items and exhibitions.
Although the Rising took place almost exclusively in Dublin, there are examples of memorials in every county in Ireland as well as in other countries. They represent all sides in the conflict as well as civilians, although the vast majority are connected to the Irish Volunteers. The accompanying text, taken mostly from witness statements, provides an historical background for the memorials.
Memorials of the Easter Rising is a stand-alone publication but it also complements the author’s other books on all the casualties of the Rising.The first volume They Died by Pearse’s Side was based on the Volunteers who died or were killed in action;The Rising Dead RIC & DMP focussed on the police who died; and the last two volumes, to be published shortly, will document the civilian and British Army deaths.
Front cover photograph is of the Easter 1916 monument on Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick.
Back cover photograph is of Robert Ballagh’s limited edition print based on Walter Paget’s painting Birth of the Irish Republic. Proceeds from the sale of the print will go towards the National Graves Association’s refurbishment of the Easter 1916 monument in Glasnevin Cemetery.