“I am satisfied I have done my duty to my beloved Ireland” – The powerful words of Michael Mallin, shortly before being executed at Kilmainham Gaol.
Born in The Liberties, Mallin joined the army as a drummer boy, in his teens and served for approximately 14 years. After his discharge, he settled in Dublin to work as as a silk weaver, and campaigned for workers’ rights in the Silk Weavers’ Union of which he was secretary. He was also active in the Working Men’s Temperance Club and joined the Irish Citizen Army in November 1913. Due to his dedication, James Connolly promoted him to chief of staﬀ.
Mallin used his army experience to train men in marches, ﬁeld manoeuvres and mock attacks on public buildings. With Connolly at the GPO for the Rising, Mallin and his second in command, Countess Markievicz, took charge of the ICA garrison sent to Stephen’s Green which they fled under fire from British guns for the College of Surgeons.
After the surrender, Mallin was tried by court-martial and sentenced to death. He was executed at Kilmainham on May 8, 1916.
Thomas St Pharmacy have partnered with students of NCAD to create a commemorative display of Michael Mallin. The display, which can be seen in the shop window at no. 55, was launched today.
A number of other Liberties locals also took part in the Easter Rising. Read their story here.