skip to main content

“It Was A Request But Now It’s An Order”

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.


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

RTÉ Commercial Enterprises Limited, Registered in Dublin, Registration Number:155076.
Registered Office: Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland.