Descendants of Patrick Gordon

Winifred and Patrick Gordon


Pictured here are Winifred (née Cassidy) and her husband, Patrick Gordon (see previous photo) at the wedding in 1902 of a brother of Winifred’s. Winifred, who was known as Una, and Patrick had been married the previous year.

Una was born in The Graan, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh around 1878. She and Patrick had one child, a daughter named Aileen who died very young. Following Patrick’s death in 1912 and after the outbreak of World War I, Una went to Paris where she joined the American Ambulance Service. She returned to Dublin at the time of the 1916 Rising and spent two weeks nursing the wounded at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital in Baggot St. She subsequently joined Cumann na mBan and sheltered senior IRA member Austin Stack when he was on the run in 1920 during the War of Independence. Una herself spent nine months in prison in Dublin in 1922 for her anti-Treaty activism during the Civil War.

Una and Austin married in 1925 but Austin died four years later at the age of 49 from the effects of a number of hunger strikes while in prison. Una outlived Austin by 21 years and died at her home in Sandymount, Dublin in 1950 at the age of about 72. She is buried with Austin in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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