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[Seosamh Máire Pluincéid] (21 November 1887 – 4 May 1916 / Dublin / Ireland)

Joseph Mary Plunkett
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Joseph Mary Plunkett (Irish: Seosamh Máire Pluincéid) was an Irish nationalist, poet, journalist, and a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising.


Plunkett was born at 26 Upper Fitzwilliam Street in one of Dublin's most affluent neighborhoods. Both his parents came from wealthy backgrounds, and his father, George Noble Plunkett, had been made a papal count. Despite being born into a life of privilege, young Joe Plunkett did not have an easy childhood.

Plunkett contracted tuberculosis at a young age. This was to be a lifelong burden. His mother was unwilling to believe his health was as bad as it was. He spent part of his youth in the warmer climates ... more »

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  • ''All pathways by His feet are worn,
    His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea;
    His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn;
    His cross is every tree.''
    Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887-1916), Irish poet. I See His Blood upon the Rose (l. 9-12). . . Poems That Live Forever. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1965) Dou...
  • ''I see His blood upon the rose,
    And in the stars the glory of His eyes
    His body gleams amid eternal snows,
    His tears fall from the skies.''
    Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887-1916), Irish poet. I See His Blood upon the Rose (l. 1-4). . . Poems That Live Forever. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1965) Doub...
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