Ireland 1916. The Sisterhood of the Easter Rising

Adonis Diaries

The Sisterhood of the Easter Rising

AROUND 12:45 p.m. on April 29, 1916, Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell left 15 Moore Street in Dublin to deliver the surrender message that would end the Easter Rising.

Inside the house, where the division of Irish rebels under the command of Padraig Pearse had retreated, her comrades in arms watched her walk away through the bullet-riddled streets, fearing she would be shot down.

But as she neared the British military outpost, the firing eased and Ms. O’Farrell accomplished her mission without injury.

Constance Markievicz was second in command at the rebels’ St. Stephen’s Green outpost in Dublin.Credit National Library of Ireland

Ms. O’Farrell’s act of bravery has become one of the iconic moments of the Rising, not so much for the act itself, but for how it was documented.

In a photo of the surrender taken later with…

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