Fiona Plunkett recalls how she and her sister Geraldine searched for their parents who had been arrested after the Rising. They eventually discovered their mother was a prisoner in Mountjoy Gaol and their father, Count Plunkett was being held in Richmond Barracks along with his three sons, Joseph, George and Jack. Her father told her that although he could not talk to Joseph in the barracks they did see each other.
He looked out his cell window and Joe looked out his cell window and they were close to each other. So they looked at each other for half an hour.
Joseph Plunkett married his sweetheart Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Gaol hours before his execution. Although the expectation was that Joseph would be executed, a newspaper story offered her a glimmer of hope when mistakenly reporting that he had been sentenced to three years penal servitude. Fiona believed he would not have been able to survive that long in prison. Joseph Plunkett was executed on 4 May 1916. He was twenty-nine years old.
Fiona Plunkett was a member of the Central Branch, Cumann na mBan.
Fiona Plunkett was interviewed for the the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 30 January 1966.