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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Eamonn Ceantt (Kent)

Eamonn Ceantt (Edward Thomas Kent) was born in Ballymoe, County Galway, one of seven children. His father was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary. When he retired in 1892, he moved his family to Dublin.

In 1913, he joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He was also a founding member of the Irish Volunteers. He was a member of the Military Committee and one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation.
During the Rising he was in charge of the Fourth Battalion. He took over the South Dublin Union , James Street, and Marrowbone Lane Distillery. Kent's defense of these were impressive, as only he and Eamon de Valera's post were the only 2 posts that were not taken by the British. Maybe it had something to do with the name Eamonn.
Kent was held at Kilmainham Jail until his execution on 8 May 1916 at age 34.

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