Easter Rising Relatives – Valerie O’Sullivan

‘As down the glen one Easter morn’ … Michael Leane, Conor Leane and neighbour Lori O’Connor of Coolroe, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The Leane brothers have connections to the 1916 Rising on both maternal and paternal sides of the family. Their great- great-grandparents were Pat and Mary Plunkett from 16 Moore Street in Dublin City. It was in their house, the final headquarters of the 1916 Easter Rising, that the surrender note was written on the back of the Plunketts wedding photograph! Their bedlinen was used to wrap a wounded James Connolly before his execution and later handed back to the family by Cumann na mBan. On the other side their great great grandparents and uncles Davy ‘Garret’ Leane, Michael ‘Mackey’ Leane, a bomb engineer based in Waterford, and Patrick ‘Higgins’ Leane, who was first Magistrate in Beaufort, fought bravely in the War of Independence receiving medals for their actions, which included hiding out for five days in ‘Die Hards Den’ in the Hags Glen.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

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