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ÉAMONN CEANNT 1881 - 1916
Éamonn Ceannt was the son of James Kent (4 July 1839 – 1895) and Joanne Galway, his father a Royal Irish Constabulary Officer, stationed Ballymoe, County Galway. Éamonn Ceannt’s brother William, was a sergeant-major in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, a regiment of the British army stationed in Fermoy, County Cork.
Éamonn Ceannt was educated at the O’Connell Schools and University College Dublin. He worked as an accountant for the Dublin Corporation. He was a fluent in Irish and became interested in the resurgence of Irish culture, joining the Gaelic League in 1900, where he met Patrick Pearse and Eoin MacNeill. He adopted the Irish form of his name and founded the Dublin Pipers’ Club, he was an accomplished player of the uilleann pipes.Uilleann_pipes Wikipedia
He was a founder member of the Irish Volunteers and a signatory of the Proclamation of Independence.
Éamonn Ceannt joined Sinn Fein in 1907 and was sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1912.
He married to Áine O’Brennan, they had a son Rónán.
Éamonn Ceannt was a founding member of the Irish Volunteers in November 1913, and was elected to the provisional committee, becoming involved in fundraising for arms. He was one of those involved in the successful Howth gun-running operation of 1914.  Nine hundred Mauser rifles were delivered to the Irish Volunteers by private yacht during the day at Howth harbour in Ireland on 26 July 1914. A crown gathered and obstructed efforts by the British army to arrest those involved and confiscate the shipment. A number of unarmed civilians were killed by the army and many wounded.
As the commander of the Fourth Battalion of Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising of 1916, he took possession of the South Dublin Union Hospital.
He was executed by firing squad at Kilmainham Jail on the 8th May 1916.
Éamonn Ceannt's wife, Áine Ceannt later founded the White Cross to help families impoverished by war.
Galway City’s Ceannt Station, Éamonn Ceannt Park in Dublin and Éamonn Ceannt Tower in Ballymun near Dublin Airport are named in memory of him.
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