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Michael Mallin was born in Dublin in 1874, his father was John Mallin.
He was an Irish rebel and socialist who had won medals serving with the British army in India and Afghanistan. Returning to Ireland, he became a leading official in the silk weavers' union and second in command and chief training officer of the Irish Citizen Army.
With Countess Markievicz in second command , he commanded a small contingent of the Irish Citizen Army, of which he was Chief of Staff.
In the Easter Rising of 1916 he took possession of St. Stephen’s Green and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. 
As one of the leaders of the Rising, he was court-martialed and executed by firing squad at Kilmainham Jail on 8th May 1916.
Michael Mallin was married to Agnes Hickey, with whom he had three sons and two daughters, including a son, Joseph Mallin and a daughter, Una Mallin.
The Mallin DART Station at Dún Laoghaire is named after Michael Mallin.
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