The families of the seven 1916 Proclamation signatories

The Irish Family History Foundation has published a special, free edition of their quarterly newsletter, Clann, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, the leaders of the Rising read a proclamation at the Dublin General Post Office (GPO). The “Proclamation of the Republic” declared the rights of the Irish people to be sovereign and moved Ireland closer to separation from Great Britain. Seven men signed the document. After a week-long insurrection was quashed by the British government, fifteen leaders of the rebellion (including the seven Proclamation signers) were tried and executed.

This special edition of the Clann explores the family histories of the seven signatories:  Ceannt, Clarke, Connolly, Mac Diarmada, MacDonagh, Pearse, and Plunkett.

Paul Gorry’s painstaking research was based on the county databases at and supplemented by other online sources, original records and printed material. You will find the well-researched family histories fascinating to read and outstanding examples of how to use Irish resources for genealogical research.

Read the Easter 2016 issue of the Clann here:

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