Éamonn Ceannt (1881–1916), was born in Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, the son of an RIC man. He worked as a clerk in Dublin Corporation, and was a keen Gaelic Leaguer and a founder of the Dublin Pipers’ Club. He was one of the key planners of the Easter rising and signed the Proclamation of the Republic. During Easter week he commanded the 4th Dublin battalion of the Volunteers, and tenaciously held the South Dublin Union. He was executed 8 May 1916.
Éamonn Ceannt'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.