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Monday, February 19, 2007

More Information About "GRACE"

Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Since my earlier post of the lyrics to the Irish ballad, "GRACE", I've learned a few more details.

The song, composed by Sean O'Meara and Frank O'Meara, tells the story of Joseph Mary Plunkett, a multi-talented Irish poet, only twenty-eight years old, terminally ill with tuberculosis, and a prisoner in the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Ireland.

Sentenced to death, he was permitted to marry Grace Gifford, an artist, in the prison chapel.

They were allowed to visit for ten minutes, but not allowed to be alone, before he was taken out and shot by a firing squad.

The words, "His blood upon the rose", is from a poem written by Joseph Mary Plunkett, and refers to Jesus Christ.

Grace Gifford also was active in fighting for Irish independence, and in 1923, become a prisoner in the same Kilmainham Gaol for three months.

When she died in 1955, she was buried with full military honors.

Thank you.

John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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