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Plunkett, Joseph Mary


Born in 1887; died May 4, 1916, in Dublin. Figure in the Irish national liberation movement. Journalist.

Plunkett was the editor of the journal Irish Review, which called for the independence of Ireland. He was one of the leaders of the Irish volunteers and the petit bourgeois revolutionary organization the Irish Republican Brotherhood (Fenians). On instructions from the brotherhood, he and R. Casement held negotiations in Berlin with the German government in the spring of 1915 regarding the supply of arms to Irish patriots. In the course of the negotiations, Plunkett became convinced of the riskiness of counting on effective German assistance. He was on the committee that organized the Easter Rising (1916), and he served as one of the rising’s military leaders. A member of the provisional government of the Irish Republic proclaimed by the insurgents, Plunkett was executed by the British.


Holt, E. Protest in Arms. London, 1960.
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The song tells the story of how Grace Gifford-Plunkett married revolutionary leader Joseph Plunkett the night before his execution for taking part in the Rising.
His song Grace, released last year, tells show Grace Gifford-Plunkett married revolutionary leader Joseph Plunkett - author of the poems - the night before his execution for taking part in the rebellion.
The song was written about Joseph Plunkett and Grace Clifford, who were sweethearts, and who were parted tragically when Plunkett was sentenced to death after the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
McCormack fits the biography of Joseph Plunkett into the context of the ideological contours of Irish nationalism during the early 20th century, and the small-scale military action in Dublin during five days at Easter in 1916, keeping also in mind the scientific and religious climate in England at the time.
Dw i'n cofio'r dagrau yn fy llygaid wrth ddarllen am Padraig Pearse a Joseph Plunkett a'r lleill, a finnau yn yr union oed pan oedd stori arwrol yn sicr o frathu'r dychymyg.
Would James Connolly, Padraig Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, Thomas Clarke, Sean MacDiarmada, Joseph Plunkett and Eamon Ceannt look at what Ireland has become and feel proud?
The most well-known sister, Grace Gifford, was married Joseph Plunkett in Kilmainham Gaol in 1916, just hours before Plunkett's execution by firing squad for his leadership role in the Irish insurrection known as Easter Rising.
He made his debut in Joseph Plunkett's The Risen People.
Among those executed along with Pearse were Thomas MacDonagh (1878 - 1916) and Joseph Plunkett (1887 - 1916).
Other tracks such as Lullabye focus on Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford, who married the night before his execution.
In August 2006, Vincent Joseph Plunkett, 80, was stabbed to death at the complex after he brought home homeless man Gerard Brady, 22, who was charged with murder but later died in custody.