Sean MacDiarmada was one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. Due to his disability (as a young man MacDiarmada was struck by polio, and forced to walk with a cane), MacDiarmada took very little part in the fighting during the Rising. Following the surrender, he almost escaped by blending in with the large body of prisoners, however, he was recognised by Daniel Hoey of G Division. Sean MacDiarmada was executed by firing squad in Kikmainham Gaol on 12 May.