Daniel Sammon – 1916 Rising


Daniel Sammon lives in Renvyle, Co Galway. He is currently enrolled in the MA in Writing course at National University of Ireland Galway. He has written four books, including one book of poetry. In 2009 he walked from Renvyle to Dublin to commemorate and celebrate the 1916 Easter Rising. The story of this walk is recorded in his first book, My Great Walk Across Ireland, launched in 2010. The following year he took up academic studies again earning a Certificate of Distinction in Legal Studies. In 2011 he published his book of poetry Take Your Ease & Rest Awhile, Enjoy Some Poetry From Renvyle. In 2012 he achieved a Certificate of Distinction in Self-Employed Accountancy & Taxation from Kilroy’s College in Dublin. In 2013 he went back to the Open College in Dublin and received once again a Certificate of Distinction in Creative Writing. In 2014, he launched his book Saints off Connemara Coast & Other Stories. Croagh Patrick & Me is the fourth book from the pen of Daniel Sammon. This book was launched in Renvyle House Hotel by Eamon O’Cuiv TD, on 25th October 2015. https://mywalkacrossireland.wordpress.com/


If in Irish History your interest is keen
A good place to start, might be 1916
The Rising took place in April that year
For Independence and Freedom, their aim it was clear

The main focus of action was in Dublin’s GPO
As well as on both sides, of where the Liffey waters flow
The fighting raged on for almost a week
Hundreds got killed and the outlook was bleak

Though the centre of Dublin was utterly destroyed
British right to rule Ireland was abjectly defied
To prevent further damage, a ceasefire was declared
Even though many had died, many more were spared

The Leaders were then taken to Kilmainham Jail
To Frongoch in Wales hundreds more did sail
Irish hearts were broken and many tears were cried
As one after another our Leaders were shot and died

Wednesday it was three, the next day it was four
Friday the 5th of May, it was sadly one more
On Monday the 8th, four more for Ireland were shot
The following day, for another hero it was his lot

Friday the 12th May, again there were two
Who died, that Ireland might have her due
In Pentonville Prison three months later
They hanged Roger Casement and called him a traitor!
And now as we look back a hundred years on
We commemorate our heroes in poetry and song
We salute their great courage as they rest in Arbour Hill
They are very fondly cherished and forever will

Though relations with Britain were often frail
As a cruel tyrant she put thousands in jail
But now as equals we are the best of friends
Commemorating the past has helped make amends.

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