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near Robert Emmet's home

Emmet Stamps from 1963

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Emmet Stamps from 1963
Celebrating 150 years since his execution
Posted by Shan on June 18, 2014 Full Size| Slideshow

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Reply Shan
11:17 AM on May 24, 2015 
Windy Arbour is focusing on our most famous local hero Robert Emmet, and his brother Thomas, the revolutionaries who grew up at the Casino, Bird Avenue. As a teenager, Robert hid in a secret room under the lawn during the Rebellion 1798, which his brother Thomas Emmet had helped Wolfe Tone to plan. The Emmets were brought up in the Church of Ireland, but like many people from Ascendency families, they were profoundly influenced by the Nonconformist and Republican ideas that were fanned into flames by the French and US revolutions. After his father died and left him a small inheritance, Emmet used his money to design new kinds of weapons which he used in the 1803 rebellion. His friend and co-conspirator Ann Devlin was imprisoned for years after his execution, but she kept the identities of his supporters secret, despite huge cost to herself and her family.
A fourth local hero that we think is worth remembering is Thomas Edmondson, the Quaker businessman who built the ultra-modern Dublin laundry in Milltown near the Dropping Well pub in the late 1880s.
The Dublin laundry provided work for hundreds of local people. Edmondson used the latest technology to build a business which paid decent wages to his workers. Thomas Edmondson was also a fierce critic of the state's support of the rival laundries that were operated by The Catholic Church on behalf of the state from 1921, where 'fallen' women were held against their will and forced to work for slave wages. Edmondson also helped to set up the Dublin Vocational Education Committee and he was active on Rathmines Town Council. How do you think we should celebrate what they did?
WAVA plans to organise a series of events next year to highlight the contribution made by these and other local people in 1916 and throughout the century that followed .
WAVA is inviting people from all walks of life, and people who may be active in local political parties, clubs or societies to join us in celebrating our heritage.
We are asking you to consider helping us by suggesting what we can do to remember those who have shaped our history so far and to help us chart a new course for a future Republic 2.0
All ideas are welcome ? WAVA wants people from every age group and every corner of the globe to get involved and take part.