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Eamon Bulfin

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Eamon Bulfin was born to Irish parents in Buenos Aires in 1892. Upon their return to Ireland, Bulfin was amongst the first students to enrol in St. Enda’s College. He was sworn into the IRB in 1912 and a year later joined the local branch of the Irish Volunteers, E Company in the 4th Dublin Battalion. He rose to the position of lieutenant and led the company to the GPO on Easter Monday, 1916. He helped to hoist one of the flags above the GPO and remained on the roof for most of the week, coming under heavy fire. Bulfin was interned in Stafford Jail and Frongoch prison camp until December 1916. He renewed his involvement with the Irish Volunteers upon his release but was arrested in July 1918 in relation to the “German plot”. He was subsequently deported to Argentina in 1919 where he was briefly imprisoned. He was appointed as Irish consul by the First Dáil and helped to smuggle weapons to Ireland from Argentina. He returned to Ireland in 1922 and settled in Birr, Co. Offaly.

 

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