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“Then I Heard My Father Say To My Mother Lizzie I’m Hit Too”

Margaret Morrissey née Jordan lived on Grant’s Row, off Mount Street. She was twelve years old when the Rising took place.

Her house was quite close to where some of the heaviest fighting took place. As a result they were unable to leave their home for fear of getting shot.

We were in the house and the battle was going on… We couldn’t get out even to loot.

As it so happened Margaret and her family were not safe even in their home. During Easter Week Margaret’s home came under attack by British soldiers.

He hadn’t said the words ’til it was hell. The machine guns were turned on the house.

Her father Christopher and her brother James were shot. Christopher died in Holles Street Hospital soon after. Her brother James died two years later. Margaret describes how her father was buried along with other victims in a trench grave at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Glasnevin.

After the Rising Margaret joined the Clan na nGaedheal girls scouts and when she was old enough joined Cumman na mBan.


Margaret Morrissey was interviewed for the television programme 'Live at Three : 1916 75 Years On', broadcast on 1 April 1991.


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