A member of the IRB, Seamus Rafter joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and became Captain of A Company in the Wexford Brigade. He played a leading role in the Easter Rising in Enniscorthy, basing himself in the Athenaeum, which served as the rebels’ headquarters. Rafter was afterwards court-martialled and sentenced to death, but this was commuted to penal servitude and he was interned until June 1917. He renewed his involvement with the Irish Volunteers upon his release but died in August 1918 after explosives he had been manufacturing accidentally detonated.
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