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Statement by Hanna Sheehy Skeffington regarding property taken from her house and from Francis Sheehy Skeffington’s body following his arrest and execution by the British Army.
Hanna married Francis (‘Frank’) Skeffington in 1903. The couple were committed to many causes, particularly feminism, pacifism, socialism, and nationalism; when the couple married (1903) they took each other's surnames as a symbol of the equality of their relationship.
On the outbreak of the 1916 rising Frank was involved in organising anti-looting bands. He was arrested and shot without trial on the orders of Capt. J. C. Bowen-Colthurst, a British army officer. Hanna was thrown into personal and emotional turmoil by that event. An inquiry into the murder left too many questions unanswered for her satisfaction. She refused all offers of compensation from the government. (Source: the Dictionary of Irish Biography, author Maria Luddy)