Nora Connolly O’Brien was born in 1893 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the
second daughter of James Connolly and his wife Lillie. From an early
age Nora was involved in labour and Irish republican activism, and in
1916 she acted as a messenger between the leadership of the Rising and
the volunteers in the North.
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Nora died in 1981, having spent her life committed to the promotion of
socialist republican politics. In the excerpt below from her memoirs,
Nora talks about her father’s final days and the courage and
inspiration that James Connolly gave to her and continues to give today.
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