Published by the National Graves Association in 2001, 40 pages. A5 size booklet (N3966)
The ten men were volunteers in the Irish Republican Army, and during the Irish War of Independence they fought against the Treaty and for a united Ireland. The men were were executed in Mountjoy Prison (in Dublin) in 1921 by the British, and after being hanged, the men were buried within the prison walls, all in unmarked graves. The ten men included: Kevin Barry, Patrick Moran, Frank Flood, Thomas Traynor, Patrick Doyle, Thomas Bryan, Bernard Ryan, Thomas Whelan, Edmond Foley and Patrick Maher.
Following the Irish War of Independence, control of Mountjoy Prison passed from the British to the irish Government, and in the 1920s a campaign started for the men to be given a proper burial. This campaign was led by the families of the dead men, and was supported by the newly formed National Graves Association, which was established in 1926 with the sole aim of securing and maintaining the graves and memorials of Irish republicans who died in the pursuit of a united Ireland. But it took over 80 years for the men to be given a proper burial....
In October 2001, the Forgotten Ten were given full state honours, with a private service at Mountjoy Prison, a requiem mass at St Mary's Cathedral and burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. Tens of thousands of people gathered to watch the cortège pass through the streets of central Dublin, and on O'Connell Street a lone piper played a lament as the cortege paused outside the GPO, the centre of the 1916 Easter Rising (The state funeral of the ten was broadcast live on national television!)
This booklet was published to coincide with the state funeral of the ten men, and provides a brief history of each of the ten, as well as an account of the events surrounding their execution by the British. It also includes a short history of the NGA.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, and some light wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact unblemished and tightly bound