Abraham Watchorn (1894-1916) & the Easter Rising

Abraham Watchorn (1894-1916) & the Easter Rising

The flames of the Easter Rising fanned right into Rathvilly, County Carlow, with the death of 21-year-old Private Abraham Watchorn, 5th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was killed in action in Dublin on Easter Wednesday, 26 April 1916. Become a member of Turtle’s...
O’Donovan Rossa’s Funeral, 1915

O’Donovan Rossa’s Funeral, 1915

Arguably the most important event for Irish republicanism before the 1916 Rising took place in August 1915, with the funeral in Dublin of the ‘unrepentant Fenian’ Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, a veteran of the 1867 Rising who had died in New York. Including a superb...
The Flag of the Easter Rising

The Flag of the Easter Rising

On Easter Monday in April 1916, Padraig Pearse and his cohorts hoisted two tricolour flags outside the GPO in Dublin. ‘In the name of God and of the dead generations’, declared Pearse’s Proclamation of the Republic’, ‘Ireland, through us, summons her children to her...
Rosie Hackett (1893-1976) – For Whom the Dublin Bridge is Named

Rosie Hackett (1893-1976) – For Whom the Dublin Bridge is Named

Perhaps the most remarkable women to serve in the Royal College of Surgeons during the Easter Rising, Rosie was a woman of such unbending resolve that Dublin City Council chose to name a city bridge in her honour in 2013. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to...

The Life & Death of Tomas Kent (1865-1916)

THE LIFE & DEATH OF TOMAS KENT (1865-1916) 9th May 1916. Tom Kent’s nerves were so bad on the morning of his execution that the guards brought a chair in for the 51-year-old to sit upon. The priest who attended him in his cell now leaned close for his final...