MAC DIARMADA, Sean: Facsimile of last Letter written by Seán Mac Diarmada


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Seán Mac DiarmadaFacsimile of the last Letter written by Seán Mac Diarmada [to his old Fenian friend John Daly of Limerick], a most moving letter. ‘I expect in a few hours to join Tom and the other heroes in a better world. I have been sentenced to a soldier’s death - to be shot tomorrow morning. I have nothing to say about this only that I look on it as part of the day’s work. We die that the Irish nation may live, our blood will re-baptize and reinvigorate the old land. Knowing this it is superfluous to say how happy I feel ...’ Printed from the original manuscript, within an elaborate Celtic border with photos of Mac Diarmada, John Daly, Tom Clarke and Ned Daly at corners, 57.5 x 40.5cms. Verso blank. No printer, no date, probably a Limerick printing. Fine copy, preserved in a mylar sleeve, rare in this state.


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