Sunday, March 20, 2016

Post 1916 Rising Leaflets - Part II: "Citizens of Dublin" #1916 #287

Another leaflet from the Eileen Ryan Collection - once again about Countess Markievicz. There is also reference to 123 "fellow-countrymen" in Lewes Prison, which is near Brighton in the south-east of England. It is known that √Čamon de Valera, Harry Boland, and Thomas Ashe were also held there in 1916 and 1917. The W.P. Partridge quoted on the leaflet was a member of James Connolly's Irish Citizen Army. Though suffering from Bright's Disease he took part in the 1916 Rising where he was based in the Royal College of Surgeons. He was released from prison after the Rising "medically labelled for the scrap heap", but died in 1917. There is an excellent account of his life as a trade unionist and activist on the Lough Gara Lakes and Legends website.

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