Joe Brady Ceramic Commemorative Plaque.

Joe Brady: Short Description

Joe Brady was a member of the invincible in the late 1800’s. It was commissioned by the Cabra Historical Society. They unveiled it in 2017. He was one of the two involved in the phoenix park assassinate. When caught, the English decapitated him to make an example. His head was put in a jar of formaldehyde. It is still stored in the Royal college of surgeons in Dublin to this day. The plaque is placed on the house in which he was born on North King Street, Dublin. It was unveiled by the Society and Mary Lou McDonald.

The invincibles Short Description:

The first assassination in the park was committed by Joe Brady, who attacked Burke with a 12-inch knife, followed in short order by Tim Kelly, who knifed Cavendish. Both men used surgical knives. The British press expressed outrage and demanded that the “Phoenix Park Murderers” be brought to justice.

A large number of suspects were arrested. By playing off one suspect against another, Superintendent Mallon of “G” Division of the Dublin Metropolitan Police got several of them to reveal what they knew. The Invincibles’ leader, James Carey, and Michael Kavanagh agreed to testify against the others. Joe Brady, Michael Fagan, Thomas Caffrey, Dan Curley and Tim Kelly were hanged by William Marwood in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin between 14 May and 4 June 1883. Others were sentenced to long prison terms.

No member of the founding executive, however, was ever brought to trial by the British government. John Walsh, Patrick Egan, John Sheridan, Frank Byrne, and Patrick Tynan were welcomed in the United States, where sentiment toward the murders was less severe, although not celebratory.

Courtesy of: Wikipedia

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