Formed in 2013, the Liverpool Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee set out to record and commemorate the women and men of Liverpool Irish community who fought in defense of the Irish Republic during the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916. The Committee organised a wide range of public events during 2016 to accompany the worldwide Easter Rising centenary celebrations.
Yesterday saw the culmination of 4 years of work with the public unveiling at St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, Scotland Road, Liverpool of a permanent memorial listing the individual names of the Liverpool Irish volunteers who participated in the Rising.
Chaired by Dr Kevin McNamara (Chair of the Liverpool Committee) the unveiling was performed by Mr Bernard Morgan whose mother Rose Ann Murphy was a member of Cumann na mBan Liverpool and Easter Rising veteran; Mr Peter King, grand nephew to George, John and Patrick King of the Irish Volunteer’s Liverpool and Easter Rising veterans; and finally Commandant Stephen Mac Eoin, Officer in Charge, Dublin Military Archive of the Irish Defense Forces who addressed the ceremony.
Following the unveiling, the Memorial was blessed by Bishop Tom Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and a roll call of those listed on the memorial was read by Mr Seamus Murphy.
Concluding remarks and thanks were made by Mr Greg Quiery on behalf of Committee and the ceremony ended with the playing of Amhràn na bhFiann.
My Grandfather, Francis McCormick was heavily involved in the Irish Volunteer movement and also Clann na Gael in Birkenhead. He left Liverpool in 1916 to join his comrades in Dublin for the Rising. He was dispersed to Listowel, Co Kerry to find work by the committee (so as to feed himself and not be a financial burden on the movement) He was involved in reorganising the Listowel cell of Volunteers but was arrested for sedition just before returning to Dublin for the Rising and deported to Chester castle under armed guard. He missed the rising but subsequently absconded and returned to Dublin under a false name and continued in the re-organisation and the subsequent fight. I don’t know if there are any records of him in Liverpool but would love to find out.
Having trouble tracing any family there.