Wednesday, July 13, 2011
THE YOUNGEST REBEL
Sean Healy was just fifteen years old when a soldiers bullet claimed his young life. Born in 1901 in Phibsboro on Dublin's Northside, Sean had left school at an early age and did an apprenticeship with his father in the plumbing business. On Easter Monday as a member of Na Fianna Eireann he waited in vain for his mobilisation orders and so on Tuesday he went out to join the rebellion. He found himself in Thomas McDonagh's Jacobs Factory Battalion. On Tuesday afternoon he was sent with a dispatch for the commander of rebel forces at Phibsboro Bridge. As he was close to home he called into his mother to reassure her that he was alright. He left and had walked only a shot distance to Byrne's Corner when he was shot dead. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.