History

Sean MacDermott

Photo Of Sean MacDermottSean MacDermott

He was born in 1884 in Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim. At the age of 16 he emigrated to Glasgow where he initially obtained work as a gardener.  Leter he worked as a tram conductor.

 

By 1902 he had moved to Belfast and had obtained work as a barman. He joined the Celtic League and there met Bulmer Hobson (Irish Republican Brotherhood) who asked him to become an organiser for the Dungannon Clubs, set up to promote the IRB in Ulster.

 

In 1906 he joined the Belfast circle of the IRB and was later appointed treasurer of the IRB's supreme council. He became a close friend of Tom Clarke and was appointed manager of the IRB publication Irish Freedom.

 

In 1910 MacDermott became a full-time organiser for Arthur Griffith's Sinn Féin. He spent the next few years travelling the country setting up party branches and organising for the IRB, which was his real mission.

 

In 1912 he was crippled by an attack of polio but he continued his work. Probably the most popular of the senior IRB activists, he was elected to the provisional committee of the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and in 1915 became a member of the military council set up by the IRB to plan the Rising.

 

He fought in the GPO in the 1916 Rising and was subsequently executed on May 12th, 1916.

 

Poem about Sean MacDermott

Statue Of Sean MacDermott

Composed By Phil McGovern (U.S.) & Recited By Michael (McFetty) McGovern

 

Brave Leitrim Sons & Daughters

Around Lough Allen Shore

From Drumshambo town to Mohill

Kinlough to Ballinamore

 

They assembled in their thousands

On Last Saint Patrick's Day

And Their Cheers Should Reach Old Erin

As they march in their parade

 

It was the picture on the banner

That aroused the ring and cheer

Some men that bowed their heads in prayer

Some women shed a tear

 

For it was their martyr Sean Mac Dermott

On their banner they portrayed

To lead Leitrim sons & daughters

In their Saint Patrick's Day parade

 

He bore the scares of battle

As they marched him out to die

His comrade Commandant Connolly

On a stretcher there did lie

 Signage Of Sean MacDermottt

They raised Connolly's wounded body

So the soldiers might take aim

As the bullet pierced his noble heart

While helpless there he lay

 

I hope their souls in heaven now rest

Free from all earthly care

And with the good saint Patrick

Their heavenly bliss they share

 

On earth they're not forgotten

Never shall their memory fade

May their spirit's lead those yet unborn

On Saint Patrick's Day parade

 

More Photo's of Sean MacDermott's House are available in the Photo Library.