1916 Necrology 485

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, working towards centenary of 1916 Rebellion,

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. 10th March 2015

“I want to congratulate Glasnevin Trust for undertaking this important research which will allow us to remember and honour every individual who lost their life during the 1916 Rising. It brings home to us the very real impact that the events of Easter 1916 had on ordinary members of the public as well as those directly involved in the Rising itself. I am particularly pleased that this material is now available as we in Government continue our work to develop a comprehensive and inclusive programme of events to commemorate the Easter Rising."
 
 

Pic: Glasnevin Trust Deputy CEO Mervyn Colville, Glasnevin Trust CEO George McCullough, Glasnevin Trust Board Member, Gavin Caldwell, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Glasnevin Trust Chairman John Green, Glasnevin Trust Board Member, Jonathan Bailey and Glasnevin Trust Historian & Curator Conor Dodd.

"Major research work has revealed"

This list researched by Glasnevin Trust shows 485 men, women and children killed during or as a direct result of the 1916 Rebellion. Some of the names of those listed are well known, but the majority are the unknown dead of 1916. In many cases their names had been lost in the sands of time until now. Their stories tell the true history of the rebellion and what it meant for Ireland. We would like people who are related to, or have information on those listed, to get in contact with us so we can further expand these stories in advance of our exhibition and events to mark the centenary of the Rebellion. The names listed here will be engraved on a new memorial at Glasnevin Cemetery that will be unveiled on the centenary of the Rebellion.

This major research work has revealed many interesting and previously unknown facts. The majority of the dead were civilians, 54% of the total dead, caught up in the fighting. British Army dead accounted for 26% of those killed while the rebel forces had 16% of the casualties. The remaining percentage is made up of members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Royal Irish Constabulary. The numbers of civilians killed each day steadily increased, peaking on the final day of the rebellion 29 April when 45 died. This was also the most violent day of the rebellion during which 78 people lost their lives. 26 April, the day of the Battle of Mount Street Bridge, was the worst for the British Army losing 30 men during the fighting throughout the city. The rebels also suffered their worst casualties on this day with 13 men killed. For the police the day of the Battle of Ashbourne, 28 April, proved to be their worst.
 
The vast majority of those killed were buried at Glasnevin Cemetery in the aftermath of the fighting. The staff of the cemetery struggled to deal with the large numbers of bodies being brought for burial. Despite great strain they succeeded in in giving all a dignified burial and recorded their details in our registers.
 
The story of Glasnevin Cemetery and those buried here is central to the history of the 1916 Rebellion. The full significance of this list will be further explored in the 1916 Rebellion Centenary Exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. We hope you will join with us and support us in telling that story.
 
Additional information on all of the names listed is currently held by Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

We are asking the public who may have relatives killed in the Easter Rising to contribute to the Necrology.

Please use form below to submit any information.

If you have already submitted a form and haven't yet heard from us, please contact our historian & curator, Conor Dodd [email protected]



1916 List - Enquiry Form

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