Last Friday, I spotted this memorial plaque at the corner of Lower Abbey Street and O’Connell Street in Dublin.
On Saturday, I returned to St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork as it was too dark the previous Wednesday to photograph the headstone marking the grave of General Tom Barry and his wife Leslie.
When I spotted a Twitter account called Women of 1916, I was reminded of, who I now know to be, Leslie Price and came across a blog by Donal Fallon on Come Here To Me about Thomas Weafer and which quoted from Meda Ryan’s book on Tom Barry.
“Meda Ryan wrote about the experiences of Leslie Price (who went on to marry Tom Barry), in her study of the famous Cork rebel leader entitled Tom Barry: IRA Freedom Fighter.
‘Receiving no orders, like many Cumann na mBan activists, Leslie headed for the G.P.O
Initially they cooked meals and helped the men in the Hibernian Bank. On Tuesday forenoon the building came under attack from British troops. Leslie was standing beside Capt. Tom Weafer, OC of the Hibernian Garrison, when a bullet whizzed past her and into his stomach. As she was about to attend to him another bullet lodged in the chest of the man who had gone to Capt. Weafer’s aid. She had just time to say a prayer in Weafer’s ear when he died.’ “
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