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1916 Portraits and Lives: Con Colbert

Cornelius ‘Con’ Colbert (1888–1916) was a small farmer’s son from near Athea, Co. Limerick. Working as a clerk in a Dublin bakery, he was a military drill instructor in Na Fianna Éireann, St Enda’s school and the Irish Volunteers. During Easter week he commanded a small Volunteer garrison in Ardee Street, moving in mid week to Marrowbone Lane. He was executed on 8 May 1916.

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Con Colbert's biography is taken from the book 1916 Portraits and Lives published by the Royal Irish Academy. 100 prints of the 42 portraits and 3 scenes from the book, signed and numbered by the artist David Rooney, are available to order while quantities last. The original portraits from the book have been acquired for the State Collection by the OPW and will be on exhibit in 2016 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Read more 1916 biographies.

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