Min Ryan was the sweetheart of Seán MacDiarmada, leader and signatory of the Proclamation. On the eve of his execution Min and her younger sister Phyllis went to see Seán in Kilmainham Gaol. Despite the fact that they would never see each other again, Seán’s mood was upbeat and the three talked about everything other than the fact that he would die in a few hours.
Seán gave Min some keepsakes to give to some of his friends. Before long their time was up. Seán kissed her and his last words to her were.
We never thought this would be the end.
Seán MacDiarmada was executed at dawn on 12 May 1916 in Kimainham Gaol. He was thirty-three years old.
Min Ryan was a member of the Central Branch, Cumann na mBan.
Min Ryan was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 27 November 1965.