Elizabeth O’Farrell (1884-1957)

O'Farrell Clipping

Elizabeth O’Farrell (1884-1957) acted as a dispatcher before and during the Rising, delivering bulletins and instructions to the rebel outposts around Dublin. Along with her lifelong friend and fellow nurse, Julia Grenan, she cared for the wounded including James Connolly. At 12.45pm on Saturday 29th April O’Farrell was asked to deliver the surrender to the British military.

O’Farrell was taken to Brigadier General W. H. M. Lowe who sent her back to Pearse at number 16 Moore Street with a demand for unconditional surrender. Pearse agreed and, accompanied by O’Farrell, surrendered in person to General Lowe.

Despite Lowe’s assurance that she would not be taken prisoner, O’Farrell, was held overnight at Ship Street Barracks after the surrender. When he learned of her arrest, Lowe had her released and apologised to her.

She died in Fatima House in Bray, Co. Wicklow on 25 June 1957. She remained active in Republican politics until her death and she is buried in the Republican Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery alongside Julia Grenan.

*Newspaper clipping courtesy of the ‘Eamon Martin Fianna Eireann Collection’

Text from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_O%27Farrell

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