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  Sackville Lane, 1916

The old plaque, 1937

"O'Rahilly Parade", 1950s

The new plaque, 2005


Note written by The O'Rahilly as he lay dying

The 1916 Rising leader The O'Rahilly was mortally wounded in action on the evening of 28 Apr 1916. It took him some hours to die.
He wrote a note to his wife as he lay dying in Sackville Lane (between Moore St and Moore Lane), Dublin, on the night of 28-29 Apr 1916.
In 1937, a plaque was erected at the site.
In the 1950s, Sackville Lane was re-named "O'Rahilly Parade" in his honour.
In 2005, a beautiful new plaque was erected at the site, featuring a copy of The O'Rahilly's dying note.

The note.
Printed in [O'Rahilly, 1991].

Written after I was shot -
Darling Nancy
I was shot leading a rush up Moore Street
took refuge in a doorway.
While I was there I heard the men pointing out where I was + I made a bolt for the lane I am in now.

I got more one bullet I think
Tons + tons of love dearie to you + to the boys + to Nell + Anna.
It was a good fight anyhow.

Please deliver this to Nannie O'Rahilly
40 Herbert Park

Good bye darling

Sackville Lane, 1916

The area on 1887 to 1913 map.
Shows Sackville Lane (now O'Rahilly Parade) off Moore Street.
Note Great Britain St was re-named Parnell Street in 1911.
Note the distance travelled by the men from the GPO.
See modern map.
See modern satellite view. And 45 degree view.

Map of the charge, made out in 1966 by one of the participants.
From [P102/550(2)].

Postcard showing the British Army barricade at the top of Moore St that shot The O'Rahilly.
This barricade was at the junction of Moore St and Parnell Street.
See full size.
Postcard image from the site of the film A Terrible Beauty, which incorrectly labelled this the corner of Moore St and Henry St.

Simpson and Wallace butchers, 57 Parnell St, shown in [Thom's, 1914] at the junction of Parnell St and Moore St.
This confirms the location of the above photo.

This graphic on locates the picture at the wrong end of Moore St.

Before he died, The O'Rahilly dipped his finger in his own blood and wrote his name on the doorway beside his head.
Here Manchán Magan re-creates that for The Struggle (2003).
It is sometimes mistakenly said that the note to his wife was written in his blood, but that is not true.

Re-enactment in 2015 by Cabra Historical Society of the charge up Moore Street led by The O'Rahilly.

The death of The O'Rahilly, as portrayed by actor John McMahon in the TV drama-documentary "Cumann na mBan" (2015).

1966 interview of rebel Tom Devine, who was in the party with The O'Rahilly in the charge up Moore St.
24 minute interview for "Portraits 1916", RTE TV, 1966.
From 11:10 to 14:40 he gives an account of the charge and The O'Rahilly's death.
He also mentions the death of Paddy Shortis.

1965 interview (broadcast 1966) of rebel Eamon Dore, who was also in the charge up Moore St.
20 minute interview for "Portraits 1916", RTE TV, 1966.
From 16:15 to 18:30 he gives an account of the charge and The O'Rahilly's death.
He mentions the death of Paddy Shortis but I think Tom Devine's account is more accurate.

The old plaque, 1937

There was a plaque to The O'Rahilly at Sackville Lane (O'Rahilly Parade), on the wall of the pub on the corner.
It was erected on 25 April 1937. George Plunkett gave an oration.
The O'Rahilly and Humphreys families attended, as did Count Plunkett and Maud Gonne.

This area got very run down, and was redeveloped.
The pub was demolished in 2002-03 and the plaque removed.
A new building is now on the site.

Unveiling of the plaque to The O'Rahilly in 1937.
From Irish Press, April 26, 1937, p.16.

A shot of the sign for O'Rahilly Parade appears in this video of Dublin in 1968.

The old plaque on the now-demolished building at the corner of Moore St (to the left) and O'Rahilly Parade (to the right).
Photo 1999.

The old plaque at O'Rahilly Parade.
Photo 1999.

The Dublin plaque was saved and is now in Cashel Folk Village, Cashel, Co.Tipperary.
The plaque inscription was originally in English. There were objections to this, so the plaque was taken down, reversed and the inscription carved in Irish on the other side. This Irish version was then put back up.
In Cashel Folk Village you can see both sides. See full size. See Irish side.
Photos 2017 from Margaret Ryan.

"O'Rahilly Parade", 1950s

Sackville Lane was named after Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1731-37 and 1751-55.
Sackville Lane still had that name in [Thom's, 1951].
Sometime in 1951-1958, Sackville Lane was re-named O'Rahilly Parade after The O'Rahilly.
Listed as O'Rahilly Parade in [Thom's, 1958].
The Irish version on the street sign used to be "Parád Ó Raghallaigh" but is now "Páraid Rathallaigh".

Detail from John Rocque's map of Dublin, 1757.
Shows Henry St, Moore St, Sackville Lane (not named), Great Britain St (Parnell St) and Sackville St (O'Connell St).
Note Sackville St does not extend down to the river yet (nor is there any bridge).

The street sign.
Photo 2005. See full size.


The new plaque, 2005

In 2005, a beautiful new plaque was erected, designed by artist Shane Cullen, incorporating the famous note.
Unveiled Friday 29th April 2005 at O'Rahilly Parade.

Plaque to The O'Rahilly, O'Rahilly Parade, Dublin, featuring the note he wrote as he lay dying in 1916.
Click to rotate.
From Google Street View.

The new plaque, O'Rahilly Parade, featuring the note.
Photo 2005. See full size.

Photo 2007. See full size.
By Peter Brown. See terms of use.

The corner of O'Rahilly Parade and Moore St, looking N.
New plaque visible on N side of O'Rahilly Parade.
Photo 2005. See full size.
See other shot.

The corner of O'Rahilly Parade and Moore St, looking S.
Photo 2005. See full size.

Capital D, RTE One TV, 21 Apr 2011, had a piece on Moore St, 1916 and The O'Rahilly.

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