‘As a humble workman
I consider it a great honour
to be entrusted to do such a heroic job.’
These are the words of Christopher Brady,
Printer of the Irish Proclamation 1916
which he printed at the request of James Connolly
in Liberty Hall on Holy Thursday
before Easter week 1916 in Dublin City.
James Connolly said he himself would bear the expense.
Accompanied by fellow trusted workmen,
Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien, compositors,
they set about the task
and possibly their august destiny.
Reproduced with kind permission of the author. PJ Brady is a member of the Fatima Poetry Vigilantes. This poem was composed in a Poetry as Commemoration workshop led by Catherine Ann Cullen in July 2022.