<p>The son of a Head Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary, by the age of twenty-five, ÉamonnCeannt was married with a young son. He played the uilleann pipes and was passionate about the Irish language. His commitment to a politically independent, Gaelic-speaking Ireland led him from the classrooms of the Gaelic League to the National Council of Sinn Féin and the senior ranks of the Irish Volunteers. He was a member of the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, which planned and carried out the Rising of Easter 1916, outright rebellion against the world’s biggest imperial power.</p> <p>During Easter week 1916, he was Commandant of the4th Battalion of the Irish Volunteers and a signatory to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. His severely depleted battalion held the strategic South Dublin Union until ordered to surrender. He was executed by firing squad on 8 May 1916.</p> <p><strong>'an epic new series of books' - <em>RTE Guide</em> on 16Lives<br /> </strong></p>
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