Historical links of Emmet Road premises marked

Article Posted: Monday 7th November, 2011

The Kilmainham and Inchicore Heritage Group last week unveiled two plaques on Emmet Hall, 122 Emmet Road.

The premises were first purchased by Jim Larkin, founder of the ITGWU in 1913 and his name was inscribed on the deeds. Larkin appointed William Partridge as manager of the Emmet Hall In 1913. Partridge organised union meetings and activities in the hall and travelled extensively around Ireland organising the activities of the ITGWU. After the failure of the General Strike in 1913, Partridge was instrumental in the setting up of the Irish Citizen Army. In the 1916 Rising he fought in the College of Surgeons. Arrested and sent to Lewes Prison, his health deteriorated and he died soon after his release in 1917.

James Connolly nominated Michael Mallin as Chief-of-Staff of the Irish Citizen Army in 1914. The volunteers of that Army practised and drilled in this all from 1914 until 1916. In 1915 the Mallin Family moved into this premises and lived above the Hall. In 1916 when James Connolly was in the GPO, the main command of the ICA devolved to Michael Mallin at the Royal College of Surgeons at St. Stephen's Green. When the Rebellion ended Michael Mallin was captured, tried by Court-Martial and executed on May 8th 1916 in Kilmainham Gaol. He was survived by his wife Agnes Hickey, his three sons and two daughters all of whom continued to live at this premises for several years afterwards.

The heritage group says the erection of these plaques on this premises as long overdue and sees it as the commencement of ceremonies marking the run-up to the 1913 Lockout.

Among those who turned out for the occasion last Friday were Jack O'Connor President of SIPTU, Eamon O' Cuiv TD. locals TDs Aengus O' Snodaigh, Michael Conaghan, Catherine Byrne, Joan Collins, as well as author Padraig Yeates, historians Manus O' Riordan and Francis Devine, and members of the Mallin Family.