Gazing towards Dublin's wild
Mountains, Devlin conteplates Ireland's future. She is barefooted and poorly
dressed but looks inspirational, motivated and hopeful. Anne Devlin played a
significant role in our history and participated in the planning of the 1803
Rising. Last Wednesday, South Dublin County Council proudly revealed a statue of
Anne at the entrance of the village, 201 years after the rising.
statue has caused a lot of controversy and many historians had wished to see a
statue of Robert Emmet in the place of Devlin since he had led the Rising.
However, this beautiful statue will hopefully add a bit of character to
Rathfarnham village and highlight the significance of it's history. None of the
other local villages have statues and the move by the Council could be one to be
followed throughout Dublin.
Here are some of the frequently asked
questions about Anne. When and where was she born? Anne Devlin was
born in County Wicklow in 1780.
What does she have in common with
Rathfarnham? Anne Devlin worked as a housekeeper for the revolutionist
Robert Emmett in a house on Butterfield Avenue, just a few meters down from her
standing point in the village.
So what did Robert Emmet do? Robert
Emmet led the 1803 rebellion which tried to free Ireland from the control of the
British, the rebellion failed.
What did Anne Devlin do? Anne Devlin
acted secretly in the disguise of a housekeeper for Robert Emmett. She
contributed significantly to the rising, she helped Emmet with the planning and
delivered many messages for him.
What happened after the failed
rebellion? Devlin was arrested and imprisioned at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.
The heroine was kept in solitary confinement for three years in a cramp and damp
cell. She refused to tell the secrets she had about other people who had taken
part in the rising. On the day that Robert Emmett was executed (September 30th
1803), the jailers took Devlin out of her cell and put her into a carriage. She
was brought to Dublin Castle for questioning but on the way, they stopped the
carriage outside St. Catherine’s Church on Thomas Street. Anne was forced to see
Emmet's blood on the scaffold and she was shocked to see pigs and dogs lapping
up the blood between the paving stones. In 1806, Anne was released from
Kilmainham and she led a life of poverty as a washerwoman in the