Michael O’Hanrahan was one of the rebels who took part in the Easter Rising and was executed by the British.
O’Hanrahan was born in Wexford in 1877. He lived in Calrow for several years before moving to Dublin around the turn of the century.
Several members of his family were involved in republican movements within various groups such as the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan.
He was a writer who published two novels – ‘Swordsman of the Brigade’ and ‘When the Norman Came’.
He believed that Irish culture and the Irish language were greatly important and founded the first Carlow branch of the Gaelic League. He was also a member of the Irish Volunteers from its inception.
Michael was executed on 4 May 1916 for the part he played in the Rising.
Now, more than a hundreds years on, his grand-nephew Pearse O’Hanrahan speaks to documentary maker Marcus Howard about the impact that Michael had both on Irish history and his own life.
He tells Marcus that the Rising was not a spontaneous rebellion but was, in fact, up to 20 years in the making.
Pearse says that Michael was: “employed in a mysterious position. Nobody could ever explain what he was doing. But he was actually the secretary in the building – 2 Dawson Street – where all of the different (Irish republican) organisations met. Everything went through him.”
Pearse also speaks about other prominent relatives with fascinating stories such as Henry (Harry) O’Hanrahan and Eily, Maura and Áine O’Hanrahan.
He says that after reading about Harry that he would describe him as a Scarlet Pimpernel type character – because he is everywhere.
Pearse gives his opinion on how the 1916 leaders deaths were recorded and his anger at the rearrangement of the traditional ceremony at Arbour Hill.
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Main Groups:Political Background Irish Republican Brotherhood Irish Volunteer Force Irish Citizen Army Cumann na mBan
The Fighting:The Rebel Plan The Rebels Attack The British Reaction
Aftermath:Leaders Executed Public Reaction Rare photos of the aftermath of the Easter Rising
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