I was born in 1956. My Parents were Patrick and Maureen Daly
My Father was born in Donaghmore, near Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. As a young man he left his home to join the Irish Army during “the Emergency” 1939 /1945. He was based in Fermoy Co. Cork. After he finished his Military service, he stayed in Cork and began working as an electrician in the Mitchelstown area, where he met my mother who was holidaying there.
They married in 1953 and lived in Inchicore Dublin, where my father worked as a foreman electrician in the CIE Railway works in Inchicore.
I went to St. Michael’s CBS School in Keogh Square, (Richmond Barracks) Inchicore where the Volunteers were held and Court-martialled at the end of the Easter Rising 1916. This is where I got the love for my Irish History. I left School in 1969 and started work in a local Butcher’s Shop as a messenger boy and in 1972 I started to serve my time (5 years) as a journeyman butcher, qualifying in 1977. When I finished my time I got a job in Superquinn where I worked for 10 Years. In 1987 I became self-employed as a taxi driver.
In 1977 I met Mary. We married in 1978 and we were blessed with 3 Sons.
Jason was born November 1979. He has two children, Fíonn and Mórrigan they live in the USA.
Martin was born in April 1981 and lives in Dublin
Pól was born in December 1988 and lives in Dublin
My youngest son Pól went to the Gaelscoil in Inchicore. I used to help out by bringing some of the students to GAA football training and away matches. At one of the away games in the local Saint Michael’s CBS (my old school) I decided to show my son and some of his team mates the gymnasium in St. Michael’s where the volunteers of the Easter Rising were held and Court-martialled. Plaques had been erected to the memory of those who were executed in Kilmainham Jail. One of Pól’s friends asked me did all the people who were named on the wall play GAA for St Michel’s School. I realised that it was time to teach them some of our Irish history.
In 2001 on one of my trips with my son around historical Dublin City locations which were used during the Easter Rising 1916 I noticed that the plaque which had been erected on No. 16 Moore Street had been removed. I made inquiries in the local library in the Ilac centre and asked the Librarian who should I contact about the missing plaque. She told me to go the Dublin Corporation. I went Dublin Corporation and spoke to Donncha O’Dulaing in the Heritage Department. He told me to go to the planning section where I was told that the whole area was to be pulled down, and that full planning permission had been granted to demolish no. 16 for a shopping centre.
This is where my campaign to save no. 16 Moore Street began.
I sent the e-mails below to the following people:-
I write in desperation. Dublin City Council has given permission to a developer to demolish a building inseparable to the birth of our nation — to build a shopping mall. The building in question is at 16 Moore Street. It was the final headquarters of the 1916 leaders. It used to have a commemorative plaque but doesn’t now. It is as important to our history as the GPO itself.
By Wednesday of Easter Week the situation in the GPO was increasingly hopeless. On Friday evening the time had come to evacuate. It was first planned to set up a new garrison HQ in Williams and Woods a large factory on nearby Great Britain Street (now Parnell Street).
The O’ Rahilly led the first party of 30 volunteers, including Michael Collins, out of the GPO for the chosen building. Of the original advance guard only about 12 made it to safety under heavy machine-gun fire. The O’ Rahilly died from multiple wounds in a lane off Moore Street (the lane is now called O’ Rahilly Parade).
At 8 p.m. Pearse stood at the GPO’s side entrance in Henry Street and ordered a full evacuation. Eventually the rebel HQ was set-up in number 16 Moore Street, the premises of Plunkett shop. It was also decided here that James Connolly was so badly wounded and in such severe pain that it would have been inhumane to move him further. The decision for a final surrender was made there.
The developers, the Carlton Group of O’Connell Street in Dublin, was given final permission to proceed on August 4th 1999 (file number 1355/98). Since then, part of our past has been in their hands.
Please don’t let this building – so central to the crucible of modern Irish history — be dishonoured by knocking it down, dumping it and forgetting.
Tomás Mac Giolla contacted me and told me that there was to be a protest meeting outside no. 16 Moore Street on 12th May 2003. It was the first time we met John Connolly. Later on in 2003 I saw an article in the Irish Times calling a public meeting at An Taisce’s Head Office in Taylor’s Hall to save no. 16 Moore Street.
The Following people were at the meeting; myself John Daly, May and Tomás Mac Giolla, John, Sarah and Ruth Connolly, Dominic Dunne, Damion Cassidy, Matt Doyle and Paddy Ryan plus about 20 people. A committee was formed to carry out a campaign to “Save No. 16 Moore street”. After about 8 to 10 meetings there was only about 6 or 8 people attending on a regular basis
John Conway was invited to join the committee by Matt Doyle in 2004 and John Conway then proposed the co-option of Mark Price, Paddy Cooney and Jimmy Heron to join the Save No. 16 Moore Street Committee.
We campaigned successfully to persuade Dublin City Council to appoint a leading firm of conservation architects to carry out an in-depth heritage conservation investigation and analysis on how best to commemorate the events which unfolded in Moore Street in the latter days of Easter Week 1916,
In June 2006 No’s 14, 15, 16, and 17 Moore Street were put on the list of protected structures. John Connolly, then Chairman, suggested we turn our attention to getting National Monument status for No. 16. We were fortunate that Dick Roche T.D., the then Minister of Environment, Heritage and Local Government was John’s local TD and a fellow Bray man. Over the next few months we met with Dick Roche several times and eventually we persuaded him of the necessity to place the building on the list of National Monuments, which he did in January 2007.
In 2008 I became the Chairman of the Save No. 16 Moore Street Committee. We entered into talks with the owner /developer on what would be the best way to have 4 buildings restored and converted into a museum/interpretative centre dedicated to the memory of all the brave men and women who fought for the State which we now have.
I would ask you, Minister, to facilitate the implementation of the process for realising the commemorative project in time for the commemoration in 2016, by dealing positively with the S.14 application which is before you at present.
John Daly, Chairman, Save No. 16 Moore Street Committee