Eamon Bulfin, writer, journalist, republican, was the son of an Irish immigrant to Argentina who returned to Ireland as a student and had a part to play in the 1916 Rising. Bulfin raised an Irish flag over the GPO during the Easter Rising and was only saved from execution by the fact that he was born in Argentina. The British Government deported him to Argentina following the Rising but his strong links with Ireland and De Valera earned him the post of Irish Representative to Argentina, effectively the Embassador to Argentina for Ireland.
Bulfin’s father was the editor of the famous Southern Cross newspaper and was born in Offaly but emigrated to Argentina when he was 20 years old. Eamon Bulfin was born in 1892 in Buenos Aires. He moved to Ireland in 1914 and attended St. Enda’s, a school set up by Patrick Pearse.
After a brief time in Argentina, following the Easter Rising, he finally returned to Ireland in 1922 to take part in the politics of the Irish Free State. In his absence, he was elected to the position of chairman of County Council of Offaly, the county in Ireland at that time known as King’s County.
This photo from the Pearse Museum shows a very boyish Eamon Bulfin, quite different to the image we have of him as the Irish freedom fighter returned from overseas to rally the troops.
An RTE documentary created as part of the 1916 centenary commemoration follows Siobhán Bulfin, the granddaughter of Eamon Bulfin, as she explores the GPO in Dublin, where Bulfin famously raised the flag.
Bulfin Road and Bulfin Gardens in Kilmainham, Dublin are named after this Irish Argentine.
Bulfin died in 1968 at the age of 76 in Birr, the birthplace of his father.
Main Photo: Eamon Bulfin is 3rd from left in the back row (circled in doorway). IE/M/BMH/P/41/001 Bureau of Military History Photographic Collection