Sean Heuston – Early Life

Sean Heuston (1891-1916) was born at 24 Lower Gloucester Street, Dublin, the son of John Heuston, a clerk, and Maria McDonald. He grew up like many others in Dublin in a tenement house with his parents, two aunts and his brother and two sisters. His father has been recorded in the census of 1901 and 1911 as not being a member of this household.  He did not, however, disappear from the Heustons’ lives.  Records exist to show that Sean Heuston wrote to his father some days before he was executed.

Despite his surroundings Sean was educated to an exceptional standard making it beyond the Intermediate grade at the Christian Brothers at O’Connell’s Schools on North Richmond Street. He was an excellent student and became a fluent speaker in the Irish language.  He excelled at other subjects as well and achieved excellent results in various state examinations

At the age of seventeen he joined the Great Southern and Western Railway Company as a clerk and was stationed in Limerick for six years.