Dick Humphreys

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Dick Humphreys memoir extract, National Library Easter Rising exhibition, 2016

Dick Humphreys (1896-1968) was a member of the Irish Volunteers and participated in the Easter Rising in 1916, serving in the General Post Office with his uncle, The O'Rahilly.[1] Born in Limerick in 1896, Humphreys was a son of Dr. David Humphreys and Nell Humphreys and a brother of Sheila Humphreys. The family moved to Dublin in 1909 and was a pupil in Padraig Pearse's school, St. Enda's, in Ranelagh[2] and later in Rathfarnham when the school moved there.[3][4] After the Easter rising, Humphreys was arrested and detained in Wakefield Prison where he wrote an account of the events of Easter week[5][6] He was a member of the IRA during the War of Independence, 1919-21, and was imprisoned in Mountjoy Prison where he went on hunger strike.[7] In November 1920 he qualified as a barrister in King's Inns.[8] As part of the 50 year commemoration of the rising in 1966 his reminiscences of Easter week were recorded by RTÉ.[9] An excerpt from his account of the rising formed part of the 2016 commemorative exhibition by the National Library of Ireland.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Extract from Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO". Irishtimes.com. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  2. ^ R F Foster. Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923. Books.google.ie. p. 1967. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  3. ^ "Dick Humphreys". Humphrysfamilytree.com. Retrieved 2017-07-10..
  4. ^ See also Ruadhan O'Donnell, Patrick Pearse: 16Lives (2016)Ruán O'Donnell. Patrick Pearse: 16Lives. Books.google.ie. p. 28. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  5. ^ The account is published in full in Jeffery, Keith. The GPO and the Easter Rising. Irish Academic Press, 2006.
  6. ^ Shane Hegarty; Fintan O'Toole. "Easter Rising – Day 5: Leaders flee the GPO". Irishtimes.com. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  7. ^ "Dick Humphreys". humphrysfamilytree.com. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  8. ^ "Dick Humphreys". humphrysfamilytree.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  9. ^ "Dick Humphreys - RTE interview in 1966". Humphrysfamilytree.com. 1966-04-14. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  10. ^ "Dublin photo exhibition a snapshot of 1916 Rising - The Irish Revolution". Theirishrevolution.ie. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  11. ^ "Dublin photo exhibition a snapshot of 1916 Rising". Irish Examiner. 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2017-07-10.