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Markievicz Rising journals on release this week

SLIGO'S EMINENT 1916 leader Madame Markievicz may have used plans over a century old to prepare for the Easter Rising in Dublin.

This is suggested in new documents for release, held by Lissadell owners, Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy.

Markievicz used plans drawn up by Robert Emmet for the rebellion of 1803 in planning for the Easter Rising, says The Irish Times today, Monday.

A handwritten copybook in the files of the Lissadell House owners contains plans in which Markievicz details troop deployments and barracks in Dublin.

Execution Botched


Mr Walsh picked up the copybook at an auction 12 years ago, says the newspaper's report by Ronan McGreevy.

It and another that contains poems Markievicz wrote while in Kilmainham Jail had been in the possession of the Coughlan family from Rathgar, Dublin.

They looked after Markievicz following her frequent stints in prison.

The poems, transcribed by Fr Albert Bibby, include ''In Kilmainham,'' suggest the execution of 1916 veteran Tom Clarke was botched.

Says the Markievicz poem: “A peel of shots swift pattering fall/Breaking the air like hail/Silence – more shots – a sickening flash/Showed me the volley fail”.

Fr Bibby, a Capuchin friar who ministered to the rebels, including Markievicz, after the rebellion, wrote a note at the bottom of his transcript.

“I was told yesterday,'' he said, ''that Tom Clarke did not die as a result of the first volley, but was only seriously wounded . . . this little poem seems to confirm this report.”

The Lissadell owners, Mr Walsh and Ms Cassidy are making both journals public to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising.

In the copybook, Markievicz lists the point of attack, points of check and points of defence used by Emmet during the failed 1803 rebellion.

Real Intention

Mr Walsh is convinced Markievicz used the copybook to plan for the 1916 Rising.

References to Emmet, he felt, were used to disguise her real intention as her home was frequently raided by police.

Lissadell House and Gardens will be open to the public on March 20th from 10am-6pm. Price €5.
The copybooks will be published in the ''Constance Markievicz Journal 1916,'' available at Eason from this week and published by Willow Ireland.