Updated: 04/04/16 : 05:06:38
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Markieviz's handcuffs going to auction

A pair of steel handcuffs, said to have been used on Countess Markieviz after the 1916 Rising, will go under the hammer later this month.

The steel handcuffs from Lissadel House in Sligo were stated by Gore-Booth family tradition to have been used on Countess Markievicz and were found with a collection of her correspondence.

TheJournal.ie reporst that Markievicz was transferred to Mountjoy Prison and then to Aylesbury Prison in England in July 1916. She was released from prison in 1917, along with others involved in the Rising, as the government in London granted a general amnesty for those who had participated in it.

For her part, Constance Gore-Booth was transported to Kilmainham Gaol after the Rising where she was only one of seventy women prisoners put into solitary confinement.

She was sentenced to death at her court martial on 4 May 1916, but General Maxwell commuted this to life in prison on “account of the prisoner’s sex”.

Adam’s auctioneers will be auctioning off the lot on 19 April with an estimate of €5,000 to €8,000.