Lisa Chambers (top) with Eamon Sheridan (centre) and James McCann. Lisa became the first women to take part in the “colour party” at yesterday’s Fianna Fail Easter 1916 Commemoration Ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Arbour Hill, Dublin.
Louisa was a policeman’s daughter turned Gaiety chorus girl and one of the first ever recipients of the Military Medal, presented to her (cough) at Buckingham Palace by (splutter) King George.
Louisa was commended For her valour during the 1916 Rising, when she walked calmly and gracefully through a hail of bullets to tend to wounded soldiers and civilians injured in the Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
Louisa, aged 19 at the time, was lucky; two young girls, and other non-combatant Dubliners, died in the crossfire at Northumberland Road.
This was probably because neither side knew how to shoot.
The British soldiers involved, the Sherwood Foresters, had only arrived at Kingstown [Dun Laoighaire] that morning and some of them even thought they were in France.
The rebels, also with limited military experience, weren’t much better at finding the right target though they did in fairness know what country they were in.
Little more is known of Louisa, who subsequently left the Gaiety for the London stage, but her medal (above) can be seen in the Belfast Museum.
(Pic: New York Times)
Update: a question mark has been added to the headline following a request by Sibling.
I, Ivor Churchill, Baron Wimborne, Lord-Lieutenant- General and General Governor of Ireland, by virtue of all the powers me thereunto enabling DO HEREBY PROCLAIM that from and after the date of this Proclamation, and for the period of One Month thereafter (unless otherwise ordered) the City of Dublin and County of Dublin are under and subject to MARTIAL LAW.
Given that there will be a large number of events in the coming decade to commemorate major historical events between 1912-1922 (it was exactly 96 years ago today that the 1916 Rising began) your readers might be interested in a historyhub.ie podcast series entitled The Irish Revolution.
The Irish Revolution was a module taught by renowned historian Professor Michael Laffan in the School of History and Archives, UCD from the mid-1970′s until his retirement in 2010. The course covers a tumultuous period in Irish history and examines the interaction of different groups (in particular unionists, moderate and radical nationalists, and the British), the causes and impact of events (such as the Home Rule Crisis, the Easter Rising, and the Treaty), and patterns of continuity and discontinuity in the period spanning the First World War. In association with the UCD School of History and Archives and historyhub.ie all 10 of the lectures were recorded.