Michael Mallin (1874–1916), was born in the Liberties in Dublin. Aged 15, he joined the British army as a drummer boy and served for 12 years, mostly in India, becoming a strong anti-imperialist. He returned to Dublin to work as a silk weaver and became involved in trade unionism. Appointed chief-of-staff of the Irish Citizen Army by James Connolly in 1914, he commanded the ICA garrison in the College of Surgeons during Easter week, and was executed 8 May 1916.
Michael Mallin'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.