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“May We’re Going To Heaven Together”

Maura O’Neill, née May Gibney, was not a member of Cumann na mBan at the time of the Easter Rising. Despite this she did serve in the General Post Office. One of her main duties was to feed the prisoners who were held in the basement of the building.

Maura became close friends with Kathleen Murphy. Murphy was a member of the Liverpool Branch, Cumann na mBan. She and a number of women had come over from Liverpool shortly before the Rising pretending they were on holiday.

Maura describes what it was like to be in the GPO when it was being shelled by the gunboat Helga. Despite the fact that the building was being hit, Maura and Kathleen managed to fall asleep.

 J.J. Walsh came over later on and he put coats over us.

Maura O’Neill remained in the GPO until Friday when the women were ordered by Patrick Pearse to evacuate the wounded to the nearby Jervis Street Hospital.

Maura O’Neill, née May Gibney joined the Central Branch Cumann na mBan in September 1916.


Maura O'Neill was interviewed for the television series 'Ireland A Television History' in 1979.


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