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Monday 23 October 2017

Walsh fought alongside his son before being fatally injured

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Edward Walsh
Edward Walsh

Edward Walsh was born in Dublin in 1873. His family lived in the Bolton Street area of the north inner city.

Edward married Ellen in 1894 and from that date onwards he and his family lived in the tenements in Henrietta Street. At the time of the Rising they'd moved to Dominick Street. They had two children, Christopher (20) and Helena (11).

Edward worked as a carter for druggist company McMasters in Capel Street and was also a member of the Hibernian Rifles - the military wing of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Most of this group were affected by the 1913 Lockout. They also marched as a 150-strong group in the funeral procession of O'Donovan Rossa in 1915.

On Easter Monday they gathered at their meeting hall at North Frederick Street, under the command of JJ Scollan. Edward's son Christopher had also enlisted at this stage.

They received orders to join the Volunteers in the GPO and about 30 Rifles decided to fight. Under the direction of The O'Rahilly, they worked on strengthening the building's defences.

On Tuesday they received orders from James Connolly to occupy strategic buildings on Parliament Street, to pin down British soldiers in the area of Dublin Castle. They occupied the Exchange Hotel and took up positions on the roof.

Whilst engaged in a fierce battle with the Royal Irish and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Edward received a serious gunshot wound to the stomach. He was carried back to the GPO on a stretcher, and died there soon afterwards.

Despite being ordered to return home, Christopher remained with his unit and later returned to the GPO to re-join the fight.

Edward Walsh was buried in the Volunteers' plot in Glasnevin Cemetery. His wife Ellen was pregnant when he died and a son, Edward Pearse Walsh, was born in December 1916.

Details submitted by David Downey (great-grandson)

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