TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY

IMAGE: Jose Rizal minutes before his execution.

IMAGE: Jose Rizal minutes before his execution.

DEARDAOIN — On August 9, 1876, Josephine Bracken, who was destined to participate in a revolution far from her native land, was born in Belfast. Josephine’s mother died in childbirth. She was adopted by her godparents, the Taufers, and travelled with them to Hong Kong. At the age of 19 she traveled to the Philippines with her foster father. There she met, fell in love, and shared exile with Dr. Jose Rizal, a leading Philippine intellectual whose writings were inspiring a generation of nationalist fervour. When revolution came to his country in August 1896, though a pacifist, he was arrested and convicted of treason by the Spanish and sentenced to death. Like a scene from a melodrama, Josephine married Rizal minutes before his execution. Josephine joined the rebels, first as a nurse, and then apparently taking part in some fighting. She fled to Hong Kong in 1897 and wrote the story of her involvement in the revolt, and travelled to Japan and the United States to raise money for the cause. According to one researcher, she died a pauper’s death there, and is buried in an unknown grave.

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