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Recent visit by Turlough O' Neill to speak to the children on the 1916 Rising‏

posted 13 May 2016, 01:05 by web master   [ updated 16 May 2016, 03:27 ]
On Friday 29th April Mr. Terence O'Neill came to Scoil Mhuire to give a talk on his family's involvement in the Easter Rising of 1916. Mr. O'Neill is grandfather of Ms. O'Neill who is a teacher in the school and also great-grandfather of Shane O'Neill in 3rd class. 

He told us how his father, Joseph O'Neill, fought in the 1st Battalion of Irish Volunteers, based in Dublin's Four Courts. When fighting broke out initially, he was manning barricades at Church Street when he saw his sister Kate out walking with her 2 infant sons in a pram. He ordered her to go home but unfortunately she didn't realise the seriousness of the situation and was caught in the crossfire between the rebels and the British soldiers. Her 2 year old son, Seán Foster, was shot and killed. 

Coincidentally, Philip Walshe, a great-granduncle of Philip Walshe in 6th class, fought alongside Terence's father Joseph in 1916. 

The boys really enjoyed listening to Terence's story and are very grateful to him for visiting our school. 

Pictured below: Shane O'Neill (3rd Class), Turlough O'Neill and Philip Walshe (6th Class)