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“Don’t Let This Get Into The Hands Of The Police”

On Easter Sunday, Ina and Nora Connolly, sisters Elizabeth and Nell Corr, Kathleen Murphy and Eilis Allen made their way from Tyrone to Dublin. They had heard of Eoin MacNeill’s countermanding order. They went to Liberty Hall and met with Ina’s father James Connolly.

On Easter Monday morning they met Patrick Pearse who showed them a copy of the Proclamation and said.

Now girls I want you to read this for you are the first women in Ireland to see it.

The girls were to return to Tyrone and meet the Volunteers there. They wanted to take a copy of the Proclamation with them but Pearse refused. He did give them a dispatch with word that the Volunteers would strike at noon in Dublin. The message was not to fall into the hands of the authorities. Pearse told them.

No matter what happens, eat it, chew it up but don’t let them get it.

Soon after the girls left for Tyrone.

Ina Connolly was Secretary, ‘Betsy Gray’ Sluagh, Na Fianna Éireann and a member of the Belfast Branch, Cumann na mBan.

Ina Connolly Heron was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' in 1965.


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