As we gather in the chapel here in old Kilmainham Jail
I think about the last few weeks: Oh will they say we’ve failed
From our schooldays they have told us we must yearn for liberty
Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me.

Oh Grace, hold me in your arms, let this moment linger
They take me out at dawn and I will die
With all my love I place this wedding ring on your finger
There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye

Now I know it’s hard for you, my love, to ever understand
The love I bear for these brave men, my love for this dear land
But when Padraic called me to his side down in the G.P.O.
I had to leave my own sick bed, to him I had to go

Now as the dawn is breaking, my heart is breaking too
On this May morn as I walk out my thoughts will be of you
And I’ll write some words upon the walls so everyone will know
I loved so much that I could see his blood upon the rose.


Written in 1985 by Frank and Seán O’Meara.

Grace Clifford was an artist and cartoonist who married Proclimation signitory Joseph Plunkett on the eve of his execution. They had been engaged since mid 1915 and planned to marry on Easter Sunday 1916, unaware that a rising would be scheduled to start on that day. After the Easter Rising, the leaders were condemned to death by firing squad. When Grace knew that Joseph was due to be shot on 4 May, she bought a wedding ring in a jeweller’s shop in Dublin city centre. She and Joseph were married on the night of 3 May in the chapel of Kilmainham Jail, only a few hours before he was executed.

Grace Clifford Plunkett

Grace Clifford Plunkett

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Easter Rising