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Anne Devlin - Ireland's Hero and First Female Political Prisoner

As requested, here an account of the life of Anne Devlin, assistant to Robert Emmet.In the church of St. Nicholas of Myra in Dublin’s Liberties, on 21/5/1838, 24-year-old Catherine Campbell married William Maginnis. Present at the wedding were Catherine’s proud mother Anne and father William.But the marriage was not to last – by 1846 William Maginnis was dead as the Great Famine took hold…See More
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Anne Devlin - Ireland's Hero and First Female Political Prisoner

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 4:30pm 4 Comments

As requested, here an account of the life of Anne Devlin, assistant to Robert Emmet.

In the church of St. Nicholas of…


Eulogy for Anne Devlin

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 4:21pm 3 Comments

At the Commemorative mass for Anne Devlin in St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street, Dublin on Sunday 14 September, 2014 I gave the following Eulogy:

"As we celebrate this decade of centenaries, it is easy to forget those who went before, and without whom many of these events would not have happened.

One such person was Anne Devlin, in…


Remembering Robert Emmet

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:40pm 1 Comment

On Friday September 20th, 1803, Robert Emmet was hanged and beheaded by Executioner Thomas Galvin in Thomas Street, in front of St. Catherine’s Church, before a crowd of up to 45,000 people.

Each year the Emmet and Devlin Memorial…


Remembering Anne Devlin

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:00pm 6 Comments

Every year, on the Sunday closest to her anniversary, I organise a commemoration of Ireland's greatest women - Anne Devlin. I have been dong this for the last nine years now, and each year the format is the same: Midday mass in St. Catherine's Church on Meath Street in Dublin's…


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At 4:07pm on September 9, 2014, Gerry Regan said…

[Michael, how about posting an after-action report and a few photos. By the way, is this taking place on Thursday, Sept. 18. I don't see a specific date mentioned.]

Special notice -

Remembering Anne Devlin.

The 2014 Commemoration will be held this year, in St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Meath St., off Thomas Street, Dublin, as before, with the 12.00 noon mass which will be offered in memory of Anne. As usual in this church, I, as Kilmainham Tales Teo. MD, and Anne's biographer, will say a few words about Anne, who died on the 18th of September, 1851 - 163 year ago.

After that I will be going to Glasnevin Cemetery and, at 2.30pm, will lay a wreath on Anne's grave. This wreath laying is not part of the "Official Commemoration" and is not an official event - I would need special permission and require public liability insurance for that - so I am just letting my friends know that I am doing this on a personal basis. If they decide to come along, it will be in a personal capacity and that is nothing to do with the formal commemoration, although I would be glad to meet my friends there.

Afterwards, (depending on who turns up) I'll be going for a drink - tea, coffee or stronger! - and hope some people will join me and we can toast Anne's memory.

So there you have it. In practice, I don't expect everyone who comes to attend both the official mass and, later, the cemetery as I cannot supply transport to the cemetery and therefore people will have to make their own way over if they wish.

By the way, don't confuse St. Catherine's in Meath Street with the other St. Catherine's church in Thomas Street in front of which Robert Emmet was executed. We can go see that if anyone wants after the mass.

Micheal O Doibhilin

At 5:16pm on September 9, 2014, Micheal O Doibhilin said…

Sorry, I forgot to add the date - Sunday 14th September, 2014.


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