Skip Navigation

Playing for Dublin, Fighting for Ireland

Date Published 07.12.2016
Topic Sponsorship

1916 heroes on and off the pitch

The 2016 Dublin teams train like professionals, Dublin players 100 years ago were as likely to be trained soldiers.

We tell the story of a soldier, a runner and a nurse who fought for Ireland in 1916…

…and played Gaelic games for Dublin.

As we come to the end of the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, we remember three people who played their part in the fight for Irish freedom and went on to represent Dublin in Gaelic games.

Frank Burke

Although you may not have heard of him, Frank was an extraordinary athlete who would make Mícheál Ó’ Muircheartaigh’s greatest Dublin team of all time.

But before that, he spent Easter 1916 on the roof of the GPO. Hunkered behind homemade barricades for three days and nights, he defended the flag of the Republic as his city burned around him.

After serving time in a Welsh prison camp, he returned to Ireland and became a duel All-Ireland champion with Dublin in Gaelic football and hurling.

During the War of Independence he faced bullets again…this time while wearing the blue jersey of Dublin in Croke Park….hear Frank’s full story:


Charlie McMahon

Although he was only 11 during the 1916 rising, it didn’t stop Charlie playing his part. He risked his young life running messages for the rebels.

A terrible injury during the War of Independence didn’t stop him from going on to become an All-Ireland champion with Dublin hurlers in 1938. Hear Charlie’s full story including the British army surgeon with links to the 1916 Rebellion who saved his life:

Tilly Simpson

Often overlooked, the women of 1916 played a pivotal role in the Rising, particularly in the capital, where they could move around the city more freely than men over Easter Weekend. One of those women was Tilly Simpson, a trained nurse who was based in the GPO providing first aid to injured rebels. A Dublin camogie player, Tilly also served during the War of Independence, hear Tilly’s story:

Did you enjoy this article?  Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed of our latest travel guides, tips and articles. Don't forget to be social and share!

Related Articles

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about the Donegal Man who Once Led the All Blacks

10 Things about the Donegal Man who Once Led the All Blacks

18.09.2015   Sponsorship

Ladies GAA: commitment, drive and passion

Ladies GAA: commitment, drive and passion

17.08.2016   Sponsorship

[Video] #DublinOurTeam - Episode 7

[Video] #DublinOurTeam - Episode 7

15.09.2016   Sponsorship