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Our Easter 1916 Hero Patrick Doyle

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Our Easter 1916 Hero Patrick Doyle
Patrick Doyle was the local hero who taught Gaeilge and marksmanship as well as managing staff at the Dublin Laundry, which was right across the river from our new playground. At Easter 1916 he was in his early thirties. He fought with Eamonn De Valera in Bolands Mills but was killed in Clanwilliam House during Easter Week. He was survived by a wife and five children. One son, who was also called Patrick, was killed in an ambush during the Civil War. Both men are buried in the old St Nahi's graveyard in Dundrum.
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Reply Shan
11:11 AM on May 24, 2015 
Celebrating Windy Arbour History and Building Republic 2.0

Windy Arbour Village wants to remember the birth of our Republic in 1916 by focusing on people who lived here in the past.
We're focusing on a few local heroes: Patrick Doyle, Robert Emmet, Sean MacBride Thomas Edmondson to help us plan events celebrating our history from Easter next year and all throufgh the summer months.

Our least well-known local hero is probably Patrick Doyle, the Dublin Laundry manager who joined the Volunteers when the organisation was set up in 1914. Patrick Doyle had a wife and a family of five children and he worked more than forty hours a week at the Milltown Laundry. Yet he also found time to teach Irish and marksmanship for two years before he died fighting with De Valera during Easter Week 1916.
It would be great if we could do something to remember him next Easter.
His son, who was also called Patrick Doyle, supported the anti-treaty side in the war of Independence. Patrick Doyle Junior was killed in Wicklow, during an ambush in 1922. Both Doyles are buried in Taney Churchyard and some of their descendants still live on the road named after them, where Dun Laoghaire Rathdown has just built a wonderful new children's playground there, so that would be a great place to unveil a rock or a statue engraved with his name or an information point telling his story.
Sean MacBride also lived locally and he was involved in many of the seminal events that followed Easter Week, during which his father was also killed. We'd love to explore this complicated man and talk about the contribution he made to Ireland?s first Republic. That would be impossible without mentioning MacBride?s famous mother Maud Gonne, actress, journalist and convert to Catholicism and Fenianism, and their friends the Yeats sisters, who founded The Cuala Press at The Jam factory, (Headquarters of the IRA) which also operated out of Roebuck House in Goatstown.
Reply Shan
4:46 PM on June 18, 2014 
It's lovely to see dreams made real after years of hard work.
I hope DLR Co Council will consider building a community centre near our new playground
Reply Shan
2:05 PM on June 18, 2014 
Patrick would be proud of the new playground. perhaps DLR County Council will now consider adding a Community Centre nearby. That would be a really valuable resource for people of all ages