1900 – 1916
Bridget McKane was 15 years old at the time of the Easter Rising, living within close proximity of the GPO with her family, she was the first cousin of my Great Grandfather, a studious girl who loved poetry, current affairs & wanted to grow up to be an accountant.
Sadly, Bridget did not realize her ambitions in life for she was to be one of the 38 children killed during The 1916 Easter Rising.
Her story was first told to me by an elderly relative, I was just a child but had a deep sense of my Irish Heritage & of course I loved to hear all the old stories about my Great Grandfather’s family, but later in life, I felt compelled to find out more. Who was Bridget McKane? How did she die? Why did she die?
The story and the details that eventually emerged whilst I was researching
were astonishing, horrific, tragic and extraordinary, however, they shone light on the bravery and heroism of Bridget’s mother, father & siblings during what can only be described as an horrific chain of events.
And as we remember all 38 young lives lost that week, I felt it would be poignant to remember and mark the loss of one of our own;
1900 – 1916
The following is an excerpt from a poem that was favored by Bridget:
If England were my place of birth
I’d love her tranquil shore
If Scotland were my home
Her mountains I’d adore
Though pleasant days I’ve passed
I dream of days to come
Oh, steer my bark to Erin’s Isle
For Erin is my home
Bridget Allen (16),Christopher Andrews (14)Mary Anne Brunswick (15), Christina Caffrey (2), Christopher Cathcart (10), Moses Doyle (9), Charles Darcy (15),Patrick Fetherston (12), John Francis Foster (2 years 10 months old), James Fox (16),William Fox (13),Neville Fryday, John Gibney (5), John Healy (14), Christopher Hickey (16), Charles Kavanagh (15), Mary Kelly (12), Patrick Kelly (12), James Kelly (15), John Kirwan (15), Bridget McKane (15), John H. McNamara (12), William Mullen (9),Joseph Murray (14), William O’Neill (16), Male O‟Toole (14), Mary Redmond (16), Patrick Ryan (13), George Percy Sainsbury (9), Walter Scott (8), Bridget Stewart (11), Margaret “Madge”/”Maggie’ Veale (13), Philip Walsh (11), Eleanor Warbrook (15), Christopher Whelan (15), Boy unidentified. 4th May 1916, Infant unidentified 4th May 1916.