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Joseph Mary Plunkett was arrested after he took part in the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule in Ireland at the General Post Office. His fiancee Grace came to mary him the night before he was sentenced to death by firing squad at dawn.

The Kilmainham prison chapel was lined by twenty British soldiers with bayonets drawn and light of a single candle.

Grace was granted an additional 10 minuets with her new husband to say their final farewells before he was lead out, as dawn was breaking his heart was breaking too.

Joseph Mary Plunkett, was shot dead at age 28 for his love of a nation that would in 1922, be free of British rule.

Grace never married again.

*The General Post Office (GPO) still has bullet holes in the standing columns from the battle.

Created: Nov 13, 2010


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