Kildare casualties – 1916 Sackville Street Project

Two Kildare casualties in the Sackville Street Project
by James Durney

Eight civilians from or with close Co. Kildare connections were killed during the Rising. The burial places of two of these are still unconfirmed 100 years later.

Peter Connolly created by Ciara O’Keefe

20160518_143538Peter Connolly (33), of Simmonstown, Celbridge, was living at North King Street, Dublin, when it became a battleground during the Rising. He was at 170 North King Street with Thomas Hickey (38), his son Christopher (16) and Kate Kelly, a domestic servant when British soldiers broke in on Saturday 29 April 1916. The soldiers brutally murdered Peter Connolly and Thomas and Christopher Hickey. They were among fifteen civilians murdered in North King Street on that day. Both Thomas and Christopher Hickey were buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, but the burial of Peter Connolly is unrecorded. There is a memorial to him on a family grave in Donaghcumper Cemetery, Celbridge.

Francis Salmon created by Susan Whelan and Hana Dempster

Eighteen-year-old Francis J. Salmon of Ivy House, Straffan, was living and working in Du20160518_142918blin at the time of the Rising. He was shot dead near the Liffey Quays, date unknown and burial place, still to this day unconfirmed. The Irish Independent 5 May April 1916 reported that the bodies of Francis J. Salmon and Mrs. J. Salmon, of 50 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, were taken to Sir Patrick Dunn’s Hospital, Dublin, but there was no mention of burials. Francis worked as a barman in the city and according to his nephew, Maurice Salmon, he was shot in the back while putting a key in the door of his digs. The Salmon family never received a body and the whereabouts of his burial is unconfirmed. Maurice Salmon said the family learned about the death of Maurice two days later when his aunt, Maggie Mooney, arrived by train to Straffan Station and walked the two miles to the family home at Ivy House in the village.