Éamonn Ceannt, Con Colbert, Seán Heuston, and Michael Mallin were all executed in Dublin on May 8, 1916.

On May 8, 1916, the executions of the 1916 Easter Rising’s leaders continued.

Obviously exhausted by the executions of last week, the British took the weekend off. Rested, they returned to their gruesome work on Monday, executing four more rebel leaders.

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By this point, the Irish people were in shock. After the surrender they had hated the rebels and what they had done to their city. But now, the tide had turned. The rebels, once pariahs, had—thanks to General Maxwell—become heroes.

The Unionist journalist Warren B Wells, in a letter called “An Irish Apologia” stated: “I am not asking you to regard the executions of the rebel leaders, the sentences of penal servitude, the deportations, announced badly day after day without publication of the evidence which justified the infliction of the capital penalty, from behind the closed doors of Field Court-Martial, from the point of view of their justice, or even of their expediency. I am simply inviting you to endeavor to understand their effect on that Irish public which read of them ‘with something of the feeling of helpless rage with which one would watch a stream of blood seeping from under a closed door.’ ”

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The Court-martials of Éamon Ceannt (Prisoner #32), Con Colbert (Prisoner #70), Seán Heuston (Prisoner #46), and Michael Mallin (Prisoner #78) at Richmond Barracks, May 3-4-5, 1916. All three face the same charge:

CHARGE: Did an act to wit did take part in an armed rebellion and in the waging of war against His Majesty the King, such act being of such a nature as to be calculated to be prejudicial to the Defence to the Realm and being done with the intention and for the purpose of assisting the enemy

PLEA (of all three): Not Guilty

(The members of the court and witnesses were duly sworn in)

VERDICT: Guilty. Death

Éamonn Ceannt

Eamonn Ceannt

Eamonn Ceannt

Read More: Easter Rising leader Éamonn Ceannt executed on this day in 1916

Con Colbert

Con Colbert

Con Colbert

Read More: The life and execution of Easter Rising hero Con Colbert

Seán Heuston

Sean Heuston

Sean Heuston

Read More: Today in 1916, the Easter Rising hero Seán Heuston was executed

Michael Mallin

Michael Mallin

Michael Mallin

Read More: Easter Rising leader Michael Mallin executed on this day in 1916

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Dermot McEvoy is the author of The 13th Apostle: A Novel of a Dublin Family, Michael Collins, and the Irish Uprising and Irish Miscellany (Skyhorse Publishing). He may be reached at dermotmcevoy50@gmail.com. Follow him at www.dermotmcevoy.com. Follow The 13th Apostle on Facebook here.

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Corner of Sackville Street (O'Connell St) and Eden Quay: Day to day life continues after the bombing of Dublin during the Easter Rising 1916. Getty