Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887–1916), born to a wealthy Dublin family, was a poet and journalist. Interested in military strategy and tactics, he was instrumental in preparing the detailed plans for the Easter rising. His neck bandaged after a recent operation on tubercular glands, he served with the headquarters garrison in the GPO. He married his fiancée, Grace Gifford, in Kilmainham jail hours before his execution, on 4 May 1916.
Joseph Plunkett'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.