Éamonn Ceannt (1881-1916)
Born Edward Kent into a family of seven children, in Glennamaddy, north Co. Galway on 21 September 1881. His father brought the family to Dublin when he retired from the RIC in 1892. In Dublin he became an accomplished uileann piper and a language enthusiast. He changed his name to the Irish version when he joined the Gaelic League. In February 1900 Ceannt co-founded Cumann na bPíobairí and was to become it’s honorary secretary. In 1907 he joined the Dublin branch of Sinn Féin. He played the pipes for the Pope Pius during a visit to Rome in September 1908. He also worked as an accountant for Dublin Corporation.
He was an original founder of the Irish Volunteers, and was involved in the Howth gunrunning operation of 1914. He was a significant contributor to Pearse’s newspaper An Barr Buadh, the Trumpet of Victory. He was sworn into the Brotherhood by Seán MacDiarmada and later became a member of the IRB Military Council and a signatory of the Proclamation. He commanded the 4th Battalion in the South Dublin Union during the Rising. He was executed on 8 May 1916.