Leitrim 1916 

  Every County has a connection with Easter 1916 but Leitrim can be rightly proud of its connections with Sean MacDiarmada and Thomas Clarke – two of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of Independence. 

Before his execution, Mac Diarmada wrote: “I feel happiness the like of which I have never experienced. I die that the Irish nation might live!”

He was executed by firing squad at Kilmainham on May 12. 

Sean McDermott Street in Dublin is named in his honour as is Mac Diarmada rail station in Sligo, and Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, the GAA ground in Carrick-on-Shannon. 

Sean MacDermott tower in Ballymun, which was demolished in 2005, was also named after him.


Incidentally, the Lord Mayor of Dublin at the time of the Easter Riskng was also a North Leitrim man, James Gallagher. 

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