Approximately 250 women took part in the Easter Rising. Julia Grenan was one of a number of women who served in the General Post Office during the Easter Rising. Throughout the week they tended to the wounded, fed the garrison, carried dispatches and ammunition to various outposts throughout the city. Grenan recalled the speeches Patrick Pearse made to them and her delight at hearing him speak.
“We have redeemed Dublin. We have wiped out the stain of Emmet”.
On Friday, Commandant Pearse made the decision to ask the women to leave. Their protests fell on deaf ears and all but three women remained in the building, Julia Grenan, Elizabeth O’Farrell and Winifred Carney who were chosen by Pearse to stay with the Headquarters garrison. The three remained with them until the surrender on Saturday 29 April and like their comrades were arrested. In all, seventy-seven women were arrested after the Rising and imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol.
Julia Grenan was a member of the Inghinidhe na hÉireann Branch, Cumann na mBan.
Julia Grenan was interviewed for the programme 'Donncha's Sunday Women of the 1916 Rising' broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, 27 April 1986. Photograph of a group of women who took part in the Rising courtesy of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.