1916 Easter Rising Centenary – North Inner City Folklore Project

1916 Easter Rising Centenary – North Inner City Folklore Project

As part of the Centenary celebrations, HOPE participated in three local events, the hoisting of the flag at Liberty Hall on Palm Sunday (20th March 2016), then on Easter Monday (28th March) the unveiling of a plaque on Seán MacDermott Street, and the laying of a wreath at the GPO.

Local historian, Terry Fagan joins us in writing about the community’s commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary. Terry’s ‘North Inner City Folklore Project’ has been involved in these community events for over 20 years. Terry also offers historical walking tours of the North Inner City. At the centre of Terry’s tour is tenement life in the north inner city, with a particular focus on ‘The Monto’, old Dublin’s infamous red light district. However discussions with Terry are not limited to tenement life in the latter half of the 20th Century, other topics range from the ‘1913 Lockout’, the ‘1916 Rising’, the ‘War of Independence’ to the ‘Civil War’.

Liberty Hall – Hoisting of the Flag

The Liberty Hall ceremony on Palm Sunday (20th March 2016) was a reenactment of the raising of the flag. The flag was hoisted on Palm Sunday 1916 by a young girl from Gardiner Street named Molly O’Reilly. She was given the honour by James Connolly to hoist the flag over the building which he considered the first free part of Ireland. Molly O’Reilly went on to fight in City Hall and was a dispatched courier to the different garrisons around the City during the 1916 Easter Rising. She went on to take a leading role in the War of Independence as an undercover agent, gathering intelligence from Michael Collins’ top team of agents. She supplied the information that played a part in the event in Irish history known as ‘Bloody Sunday’ in 1920.

Laying of the flag and the drums outside Liberty Hall
Preparing to march to unveil the plaque on Lower Gardiner Street
Members of the North Inner City Folklore Project in Period Costume

Seán MacDermott Street – Unveiling of the Plaque

On Easter Monday, 28th of March 2016, the North Inner City Folklore Project pays tribute to the 1916 leader Seán MacDermott with a plaque on the SVP building on the street named after the leader. At the rear of the building where the plaque was erected was the home of Patrick Heany, composer of the Irish national anthem – Amhrán na bhFiann (the Soldier’s Song). It was composed in his house c.1907. Patrick Heany died in abject poverty in 1911, he never lived to see his song become the battle hymn of the 1916 easter rising.

1916 Centenary Commemorations
Inner City Folklore Group
Terry Fagan Receiving 1916 Commemorative Plaque
Cllr. Christy Burke & HOPE Managment Committee Teresa Brady at the unveiling of the plaque

GPO – Laying of the Wreath

On Easter Monday, Constance Cowley, Daughter of Molly O’Reilly and a relation of the 1916 leader Seán MacDermott, lay a wreath at the GPO. The Proclamation was read out by a local woman named Una Shaw. A piper played a lament to the men and women of 1916.

Constance Crowley and the family of Seán MacDermott laying the wreath at the GPO.
Constance Crowley & the family of Seán MacDermott laying the wreath at the GPO


Constance Crowley and North Inner City Folklore Project Escort



Our 2015 Corporate Sponsor


We were lucky to be chosen by AON last year as their community charity. They were amazing to work with, and we had so much fun. We are very grateful to community building events, as well as the funds raised for HOPE. This report is from the staff in AON:

“We kicked off our first fundraising event of 2015 on Friday 13 March, with St Patricks day looming we decided to wear green and host an Irish coffee afternoon.
Our next event was partnered with our Global Service Day on 12-13 June. Aon’s passion is to make a difference in the communities where we do business. So on Global Service day our colleagues from across the globe unite to volunteer their time and efforts to support local charities. On the particular day we volunteered hours painting and cleaning the residents’ community facility area in the Killarney Court Complex on Sean McDermott Street, as well as cleaning, gardening, decorating and much more in the local Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Our fundraising activities included Breakfast Sandwiches and Bake sale, followed by our “Spin for HOPE” where Volunteers from each Aon Ireland Business unit had to cycle for 7 hours straight, totting up a distance as they cycle. The total distance was 658km. As you can see from the photos the competition was fierce!! A lot of pride was at stake. Our Rugby World Cup Event was held on Friday 18 September. We had a Jersey Day and held a raffle for some Rugby Goodies including Tickets for one of the 6 Nations Games.
Our final event was held on the 18th December, and got everyone into the Festive Spirit”.