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Thomas McDonagh and the Easter Rising / John MacBride

13:30 - 15:00

DIT Level 4: Room 4-079

Introduced by Darragh Moloney

When the Dawn is Come – Thomas McDonagh and the Easter Rising

Thomas MacDonagh was drawn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood through his strong conscience and sense of social justice. A poet and playwright, an educator and political activist, he stands out as one of the more human characters of the Easter Rising. The author of the Easter Proclamation, alongside James Connolly and Patrick Pearse he was appointed to the IRB Military Council and became a member of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic. During the Rising he was commandant of the batallion which occupied the Jacob’s Biscuit factory. He was executed on 3rd May 1916 at Kilmainham Gaol.

Shane Kenna, Historian and Author of 16 Lives: Thomas MacDonagh


John MacBride

Born in Westport, John MacBride travelled to America in 1896 and supported the IRB, before emigrating to South Africa. When England attacked the Boer republics, MacBride was commissioned as a major in the Irish Brigade. Eventually, he returned to Dublin. There, he married the Irish nationalist Maude Gonne in 1903. He was not a member of the Irish Volunteers, but offered his services to Rising leader Thomas MacDonagh, and was at Jacob’s biscuit factory when that post was surrendered on Sunday, April 30th, 1916. He was executed on May 5th at Kilmainham.

Donal Fallon, Historian and host of Come Here To Me


Photograph courtesy of the RTÉ Archives


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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