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Friday 18 August 2017

Houses named after child killed in Rising

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy

New social housing in inner-city Dublin will be named after the first child killed during the 1916 rising.

Thirty houses on North King Street will be called Sean Foster, who was two years old when he was shot in the head on the street.

He was being wheeled in his pram when he was killed in the crossfire between rebels and British soldiers.

Dublin City councillors agreed on the name after it was recommended by a local history group last Tuesday.

Local historian Terry Crosby (55) lives in the area and helped choose the name.

He said it was "brilliant" that Sean would be remembered.

"Sean was the first child to be killed and there was no plaque or memorial to him anywhere in the area," he said.

"Bar his own family he was more or less put to the back pages of history.

"I couldn't think of a more fitting salute to him."

He added that nine people were killed on the site where the houses will be built.

An account of events is detailed in Joe Duffy's book Children Of The Rising.

Fighting

Mr Duffy asked the relatives of Sean for permission to name the development after him, which they accepted.

North Inner City Cllr Nial Ring put forward the motion and said the family was "delighted" when asked about the tribute.

"It shows there's still a huge appetite out there for recognising what happened in those seminal years of Irish history," he said.

North King Street was the centre of heavy fighting during the rebellion, which led to the deaths of 16 civilians.

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