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John James Heuston (1891 - 1916)

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Capt John James (Seán) Heuston
Born in Dublin, County Dublin, Irelandmap
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Died in Kilmainham, Dublin, Irelandmap
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Seán Heuston 1891 - 1916
Seán Mac Aodha

Seán Heuston, sometimes known as Jack, sometimes as J.J. Heuston, he was born 21 Feb 1891 in Dublin, son of John and Maria (McDonald) Heuston [she was born 18 Dec 1866] [1][2].

In 1911 John Heuston 20 yrs old railway clerk resided house 7 in Military Road (Pt. of) (Limerick No. 4 Urban, Limerick) [3]

He was an Irish rebel and member of Fianna Éireann. He worked as a railway clerk for the Great Southern and Western Railway Company in Limerick, and was in charge of Fianna Éireann in Limerick. He organised courses on military drill, signalling, scout training and weapons training and lectures on Irish history and Irish language classes. He organised a credit system to help volunteers buy their uniforms.

With Con Colbert, Seán Heuston was involved in the education of the schoolboys at Scoil Éanna, organising drill and musketry exercises.

He was a captain in the Irish Volunteers and took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. He commanded the garrison of the Mendicity Institute on Usher’s Quay on south of the River Liffey with about twenty men of the First Battalion of Volunteers. He held the Mendicity Institution against overwhelming odds for two days, though it was originally only intended to be held for 3–4 hours.

He was executed by firing squad on the 8th of May in Kilmainham Gaol. He was twenty-six years old.

Heuston Railway station in Dublin is named after him.


  1. Birth registered in North Dublin
  2. Military Service Pensions Collection (1916 - 1923)
  3. National Archives Of Ireland Residents of house 7 in Military Road (Pt. of) (Limerick No. 4 Urban, Limerick)


The input from Sheila X to this profile with regards to information about parents and other family members is gratefully acknowledged.

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