1916 hero honoured
On Easter Monday, a plaque in memory of Volunteer Joe Clarke, active from 1916 till his death in 1976, was unveiled on his family home on O'Donovan Road in the Tenters area of Dublin.
Over 100 people marched from Dublin's City Hall where Irish Citizen Army Captain Sean Connolly was the first republican casualty of the Easter Rising. The parade, led by the recently-formed local Volunteer Hugh Hehir republican fife and drum band, stopped at Watkins Brewery in Ardee Street where Con Colbert commanded an outpost during the 1916 Rising before making its way into the Tenters. Here Joe's daughter Essie (88) who still lives in the family house, watched as the crowd assembled to listen to local Sinn Féin representative Aengus Ó Snodaigh (pictured together above) recount Joe's role in Ireland's history. The plaque, erected by the National Graves Association, was then unveiled.