“Grace was a woman called Grace Gifford, and Grace Gifford was the childhood sweetheart, and for a short time, the wife of a man called Joseph Mary Plunkett. Now, Joseph Mary Plunkett was a poet and a patriot, he was the youngest of the signatories of the Proclamtion in 1916, and as one of the signatories, of course, he was sentenced to death, along with the other rebels. And he was shot in Kilmainham Gaol here in Dublin on the 4th of May 1916, in the early hours of the morning. A couple of hours before he was shot Grace Gifford and a priest were brought into Kilmainham, and in the little chapel inside there Joesph Plunkett and Grace got married.They were allowed about 15 minutes together under supervision after the ceremony and that 15 minutes was all the married life they had together, that was it.”
~ Jim Mccann, before performing ‘Grace’
Below is a photograph from my visit to Kilmainham Gaol and the chapel in which Joesph Mary Plunkett and Grace Gifford were wed.
I highly recommend listening to the song, as it gives a rare insight into the more personal stories of this revolutionary time in Ireland.
Links to the song:
- Song performed by, and with introduction from Jim Mccann
- Song with lyrics, performed by the Wolfe Tones