Category Archives: 1916 Rising

Generosity and History Repeats Itself

In April 1917 there was a gift sale held at the Mansion House in Dublin in aid of the Irish National Aid and Volunteer Dependents. Emily, out of generosity and always ready to make a contribution to a cause close to her heart, donated a motor coat, which fetched £20.

“Relics As Bargains

The desk on which Gerald Griffin wrote “The Collegtans” was bought for 22s 6d and two L’enian pikes got £1. A case of butterflies collected in India by the Late Michael Mallin, one of the executed leaders, together with two books of music containing his autograph, presented by his widow bought £1 10s. Twenty pounds were paid for a motor coat presented by Mrs. Weddall and a motor coated lined musquash, given by Mme O’Reilly, reached £10. forty pounds were given for a pan of 6in antique silver candle sticks, Dublin hallmark 1725. Robert Emmet’s Wallet fetched £10 and the block on which he was beheaded was sold for £5 10s. Ten pounds were paid for a silver dish 1774.”

History Repeats Itself

The mentioned block that Robert Emmet was beheaded on is still doing the rounds to this day. It was on display in the entrance hall in the Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park associated with Emmet and for a time at Kilmainham Gaol, where he was held before his execution in 1803, completing the full circle. Read more on Robert Emmet:

The donation of the motor coat by Emily was most generous, as at the time the cold reality of her dire financial state was beginning to dawn on her. She was on the eve of becoming penniless. Up until early 1917 Emily was reliant on her income from her stock and shares and any other investments she had in Russia. In March of 1917 the Revolution began to unfold and any finance from there was under threat. Emily was not the most financially astute person and overlooked the bills and notices from the bank stacking up.

 

 

Sources
Freeman’s Journal 21 April 1917
Staffordshire Advertiser 31 May 1919
http://pearsemuseum.ie/online-tour/tour-of-the-house/
http://kilmainhamgaolmuseum.ie/
http://www.history.com/topics/russian-revolution
Ní Dheirg, Íosold. Emily M. Weddall: Bunaitheoir Scoil Acla. Baile Atha Cliath: Coisceim, 1995.  

19/2016: A Year in Photographs

February

Edenderry

Edenderry

http://edenderryhistory.blogspot.ie/

 March

Easter Sunday/Monday

Achill Easter 2016

June

Reenactment of 1913 Oireachtas Photograph, depicting Emily Weddall

Original 1913 photo. Emily is 6th from left

2016 Reenactment. Photo by

July 2016

Scoil Acla 2016

November 2016

Night at the Pearse Museum

Pearse Museum at night

Pearse Museum at night

http://pearsemuseum.ie/

When: November 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Pearse Museum
Saint Enda’s Park
Grange Rd, Haroldsgrange, Dublin 16
Ireland
Cost: Free

Maria Gillen will be giving a lecture on the fascinating life of Emily Weddall in the Pearse Museum on Tuesday, 1 November at 7pm.

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Emily Weddall, nee Burke 1867-1952 was born in Edenderry, Co. Offaly to a Church of Ireland Minister and his wife. She trained as a nurse in Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital, on qualifying she traveled to France Germany and Russia with her career. In the early 1900’s she married retired sea captain Edward Weddall, the couple settled on Achill in 1906. Around that time she co-founded the Lower Achill Branch of the Gaelic League, and became a regular correspondent, with An Claidheamh Soluis, of which Patrick Pearse was editor. It is through these circles that Emily first met the Pearse family.

Strongly influenced by the cultural revolution of the time, of which Patrick Pearse played a pivotal role in, she co-founded Scoil Acla, an Irish language and cultural school in 1910. Their paths would cross on many occasions, socially, culturally and politically, frequently causing controversy! After 1916 she remained friends with the family and during the struggle for Ireland’s independence, living at their former home at Cullenswood. She took the side of Mrs Pearse, in rejecting the Treaty.

Emily remained a lifelong Republican, her final resting place is in Glasnevin Cemetery in close proximity to the Republican Plot.

Admission is free – no booking required.

Thanks to:

Edenderry Historical society

http://edenderryhistory.blogspot.ie/

Scoil Acla Committee;

www.scoilacla.ie

Pearse Museum

http://pearsemuseum.ie/

Photographs

Achill Easter 2016 by;

Minette Glynn

Town Hall Oireachtas 1913 by;

Aengus McMahon Photography

Creative. Results. Delivered.
Two time PPAI (Photojournalism) award winner
Scoil Acla 2016 by;
Minette Glynn

Night at the Pearse Museum

Pearse Museum at night

Pearse Museum at night

http://pearsemuseum.ie/

When: November 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Pearse Museum
Saint Enda’s Park
Grange Rd, Haroldsgrange, Dublin 16
Ireland
Cost: Free

Maria Gillen will be giving a lecture on the fascinating life of Emily Weddall in the Pearse Museum on Tuesday, 1 November at 7pm.

dscf2272_2

Emily Weddall, nee Burke 1867-1952 was born in Edenderry, Co. Offaly to a Church of Ireland Minister and his wife. She trained as a nurse in Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital, on qualifying she traveled to France Germany and Russia with her career. In the early 1900’s she married retired sea captain Edward Weddall, the couple settled on Achill in 1906. Around that time she co-founded the Lower Achill Branch of the Gaelic League, and became a regular correspondent, with An Claidheamh Soluis, of which Patrick Pearse was editor. It is through these circles that Emily first met the Pearse family.

Strongly influenced by the cultural revolution of the time, of which Patrick Pearse played a pivotal role in, she co-founded Scoil Acla, an Irish language and cultural school in 1910. Their paths would cross on many occasions, socially, culturally and politically, frequently causing controversy! After 1916 she remained friends with the family and during the struggle for Ireland’s independence, living at their former home at Cullenswood. She took the side of Mrs Pearse, in rejecting the Treaty.

Emily remained a lifelong Republican, her final resting place is in Glasnevin Cemetery in close proximity to the Republican Plot.

Admission is free – no booking required.

http://pearsemuseum.ie/

Scoil Acla 2016; Meetings and Remeetings

On July 26th and 27th  four of the founding members of Scoil Acla,  were reunited by a series of lectures for the present summer school.  Our absent friends Emily Weddall,  Eva O’Flaherty, Darrell Figgis and Anita McMahon brought together again posthumously through the talks given by Maria Gillen, Mary J Murphy, Edward King, and Sheila McHugh respectively making for a truly auspicious occasion.

In conjunction with the above talks Dr. Hillary Pyle, gave an illustrated lecture on the life and works of  Cesca Chenevix Trench (Sadhbh Trinseach), the Irish nationalist artist, who attended the original Scoil Acla. Both nights were captured on camera beautifully by Minette Glynn.

The events of  brought together the stories of five fantastic individuals who’s lives are interlinked now through the speakers as they were a century ago, when the cultural revolution met the political.

 

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http://scoilacla.ie/