16 Lives Michael Mallin

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Michael Mallin (1874-1916)

was born in Ward’s Hill, Dublin. He joined the British army as a drummer boy and served for over thirteen years. On return to Dublin he worked as a silk weaver and was involved in varying unsuccessful business ventures. Mallin was an accomplished music teacher, devout Catholic and temperance advocate. He was appointed secretary of the Silk Weavers’ Trade Union in 1908. In October 1914 he became Chief of Staff of the Irish Citizen Army. During Easter Week 1916, Mallin commanded a garrison of rebels in St Stephen’s Green and the Royal College of Surgeons.

He was executed in Kilmainham Goal on 8 May 1916, leaving a pregnant wife and four young children.



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