Almost everyone of her own generation in Ireland knew the story of Grace Gifford She became part of the drama of the 1916 insurrection when she married Joseph Mary Plunkett in Kilmainham Jail a few hours before his execution He had been one of the leaders in the fight for Irish freedom and also one of the signatories of the Proclamation of the Republic Richly illustrated, this book tells the story of her life for the first time Those who knew her well spoke of her beauty, and of a charm laced with a mordant wit which spared neither friend nor foe Her story has been compared to something from the novels of French writer Honore de Balzac In her case, the truth is indeed stranger than fiction....
|Title||:||Grace Gifford Plunkett and Irish Freedom: Tragic Bride of 1916 (Women in Irish History Series)|
|Publisher||:||Irish Academic Press February 11, 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||112 pages|
|File Size||:||798 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Grace Gifford Plunkett and Irish Freedom: Tragic Bride of 1916 (Women in Irish History Series) Reviews
It is fitting that I first became aware of the tragic story of Grace Gifford Plunkett (1888-1955) when hearing the song "Grace" sung at an Irish pub in Savannah, GA called "Kevin Barry's." The pub was named for the Irish teenager and medical student who was executed by the British in 1920 and became a national hero. In fact, On the day of his execution, scores of his fellow students at all the Irish Universities joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
By the light of two guttering candles in Kilmainham Gaol's Roman Catholic chapel, Grace Gifford married her fiance Joseph Mary Plunkett hours before his execution by firing squad. In doing so, Grace became forever linked with Ireland's struggle for independence, because her husband was one of the signatories of the Proclamation of Independence. So begins Marie O'Neill's biography of the woman who "became a powerful symbolic figure of the republican ideal for which her husband had given his life."