April 2016. A century later and a time of commemoration here in Ireland.
Never forgetting one of the many epic Irish love stories to be told – that of Joseph Plunkett, Irish rebel and poet and his love, Grace Gifford.
“Oh, Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger
They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die
With all my love I’ll place this wedding ring upon your finger
There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye
For we must say goodbye”
Plunkett, a member of the IRB, following the surrender of the Easter Rising on April 29th, wrote a poem to his sweetheart Grace for their upcoming wedding.
The wedding was witnessed only by British officers. After the ceremony, the two lovers were given only ten minutes together in Plunkett’s cell. These ten minutes, used to pour their hearts out to each other was not their own. Supervised again by an officer, the newlyweds did not get any privacy before being torn apart for eternity. Hours later, he was executed. Grace never remarried.
The following song, also entitled Grace and based on the poem was written by Sean & Frank O Meara and is recorded in Kilmainham Gaol and performed by Danny O’ Reilly – lead singer of The Coronas and son of legendary Irish singer Mary Black, his sister, singer Roisín O’ Reilly and their cousin Aoife Scott, daughter of Frances Black, as part of RTE’s Centenary.
Centenary is just one of the many programmes and events being shown and held around Ireland during this time.
Visit http://www.ireland.ie/ for more info on all the centenary celebrations!
This so deserves a Hats Off to our proud country for remembering those that have come before us, who have fought for us and commemorating them with respect and love and here’s to proving that Irish men are true romantics!