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Joe Duffy with his Children of The Revolution Egg at The Gresham Hotel.Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Joe Duffy with his Children of The Revolution Egg at The Gresham Hotel.Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Colin O'Riordan

Joe Duffy with his Children of The Revolution Egg at The Gresham Hotel.Photo: Colin O'Riordan

RTE's Joe Duffy says hearing stories from the families of children killed during the 1916 Rising has had a big impact on him.

He now plans to bid on an Easter egg he created featuring the names of the 30 children who died during Easter Week.

Bidding on his Children Of The Revolution egg has now reached €150, but that price is expected to triple at a live auction in the Four Seasons hotel next Saturday.

It was last month the Liveline host appealed for information about the innocent young victims of the Rebellion.

As a result, four families have now contacted him to tell their story.

"Before, I simply had a list of names, but what made it all the more poignant was hearing how some of these boys and girls died," Joe told the Herald.

Most of the children were killed in crossfire within a mile of O'Connell Street.

Along with the heartbreaking tales of toddlers shot in their prams, Joe revealed he had been touched by the tragic story of nine-year-old Christopher Cathcart, who was killed in crossfire on Portobello Bridge on the first day of the Rising.

"Christopher was playing in Palmerston Park in Rathmines on Easter Monday when the Rising started. It was mayhem. His mother sent a message for him to come home, but he was killed by a ricochet on that journey," said Joe.

He is still seeking information about children named Fetherstone, Warbrook and Sainsbury. He began his research when approached by charity the Jack & Jill Foundation to decorate a two-and-a-half foot perspex Easter egg.

But after deciding to dedicate it to the children killed in 1916, he was unable to find a full list of their names. The egg is on display in the foyer of the Gresham Hotel.

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