Taking in the heart of our capital, Dublin Bay South is steeped in history. Among the major events to which it has played host through the years is the Easter Rising. I have organised a 1916 Walking Tour from Beggar’s Bush to St. Stephen’s Green, which is taking place this Sunday. The meeting point is the Irish Labour History Museum at 1pm, and all are welcome to attend.
The tour will be hosted by Pat Liddy of Walking Tours Dublin, who will talk attendees through the local history of the Easter Rising.
I decided to arrange the event after receiving several requests in the last year from members of the Labour Party in Dublin Bay South, who wanted to ensure that we marked the centenary.
While the tour will be general and of interest to one and all, the Labour Party has its own story to remember in the context.
Labour Councillor Richard O’Carroll was the only elected official to be killed in 1916.
An in-depth profile on his life is available here.
A father of seven, Cllr O’Carroll was leader of the Brick and Stone Layers’ Union. He was captured on Camden Street on 26th April 1916 by the notorious Captain Bowen Colthurst, who shot him and left him lying in a nearby lane. He died nine days later in Portobello Hospital. The same Captain ordered the shooting of Francis Sheehy Skeffington.
At the time, O’Carroll lived on Cuffe Street just off St. Stephen’s Green. Today, a block of Dublin City Council flats in the area is named after him.
Indeed, many of the local flat complexes are named after participants in the Easter Rising. Examples include Pearse House, Markievicz House and Macken House (Peadar Macken, like Oâ€™Carroll, was a Labour-aligned Irish Volunteer).
See here for more information on some of the relevant flats and streets in Ringsend.
I hope to see you on Sunday.