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May 12, 1916: Irish revolutionary James Connolly was executed by British imperialism for his role in leading the Easter Uprising. 

99 years ago today James Connolly was executed by British Army firing squad. We remember him in our struggle for a truly independent Republic that cherishes all of our people.

‘A great crowd had gathered outside of Kilmainham

Their heads all uncovered, they knelt to the ground.

For inside that grim prison

Lay a great Irish soldier

His life for his country about to lay down.

He went to his death like a true son of Ireland

The firing party he bravely did face

Then the order rang out: Present arms and fire

James Connolly fell into a ready-made grave

The black flag was hoisted, the cruel deed was over

Gone was the man who loved Ireland so well

There was many a sad heart in Dublin that morning

When they murdered James Connolly-. the Irish rebel’

Via Sinn Féin - Republican Youth