16 Lives Seán Heuston
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Seán Heuston (1891-1916)
Born John Joseph Heuston (and often referred to as J.J.) in Dublin on 21 February 1891. Just like Con Colbert, Seán was educated in CBS North Richmond Street. In 1908 he secured a job with the GSW Railway as a clerk. He worked at the Limerick Goods Depot until 1913 when he was transferred to Kingsbridge, which is now named, in his honour as Heuston Station. During his six years in Limerick he organized the Fianna in that city and using his “proficiency as a book-keeper” arranged for members who could not afford to buy their uniforms to do so by paying small weekly sums. He also gave Irish history lectures and ran courses in small arms training, signaling and the Irish language.
He was the main source of income for the three women who he lived with in Dublin as his father was estranged and living in London. Along with Con Colbert, Heuston was involved in the education of the schoolboys at Scoil Éanna, organising drill and musketry exercises. A very small section of the First Battalion of the Volunteers under Heuston commandeered the Mendicity Institute on the orders of Connolly. For this command the 25 year-old Heuston was executed in Kilmainham Gaol on 8 of May 1916.
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