West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Story of Grace to be told in Easter Street theatre

Published: 26 March, 2013

Barry Mc Nally, along with actors Brian Mc Caugherty and Bernie Mc Namee in rehearsal for the Easter street theatre which takes place in Carrickmore this Sunday at 3pm.

Barry Mc Nally, along with actors Brian Mc Caugherty and Bernie Mc Namee in rehearsal for the Easter street theatre which takes place in Carrickmore this Sunday at 3pm.

The story of Grace Gifford who married her fiancé, Joseph Mary Plunkett on the eve of his execution will be re-enacted in a powerful street theatre in Carrickmore on Easter Sunday afternoon.


The play is written and choreographed by well known musician and drama teacher, Gerry Cunningham and one of those taking part is local actor, Brian 'Bean' Mc Caugherty. According to Brian:

'The story of the love between Grace and Joseph is immortalised in song and in history books and we hope to bring it to life through street theatre on Easter Sunday. This is an incredible tale of 2 young lovers who met on the steps of St Enda's school, got engaged in December 1915 and announced their plans to marry in February 1916.
'However, as Grace and her sister Muriel watched the rising unfold they did not realise that the men that they had planned their futures with, Joseph Plunkett and Thomas Mc Donagh were engulfed in the battle and both would soon be taken out and executed for their part in the rising.


'Knowing that Joe was to be executed at dawn on May 4th, Grace bought wedding rings on Grafton Street the previous afternoon and arrived at Kilmainham where they got married under armed guard in a brief matrimonial ceremony.


'The couple got a mere 10 minutes together and a few hours later, Joe was taken out and shot against the wall of Kilmainham jail. Grace lived the remainder of her life as a Sinn Féin activist, accomplished artist and devoted wife of Joseph Plunkett. She once wrote "I loved Joe Plunkett and he loved me, He gave his life to set Ireland free".


Brian concluded 'This is a compelling story which will be re-enacted in Carrickmore this Easter Sunday at 3pm and we invite everyone, particularly families and young people to come along'.

The re-enactment is one of 50 events organised by the Tyrone SF Commemoration Committee this weekend to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising. This includes the main county commemoration in Carrickmore at 3.00 pm on Easter Sunday where the Main Speaker is Padraig Mac Lochlainn T.D. and a local commemoration in Coalisland at 3.30 pm on Saturday where the main Speaker is Conor Murphy M.P.

· Details of the other commemorations are listed on www.tyronecommemorations.com