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A striking figure – 1916

The Ballarat Star 1st May 1916 p1

Countess Constance Markiewicz c.1922 by J.B.Yeats Wikimedia Commons

Countess Constance Markiewicz c.1922 by
J.B.Yeats
Wikimedia Commons

A striking figure in the rebellion was an elderly woman stated to be of high title, who carried a rifle with fixed bayonet. She is stated to be one of the leaders of the Sinn Feiners. It is reported that Professor John MacNeill, chief of staff of the the Irish Volunteers has been held prisoner since Monday, whether by the authorities or the insurgents, is unknown. MacNeill repeatedly warned the more active of the insurgents against the evil consequences of their policy.

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