On this Easter Monday, 28th of March, as part of the centenary celebrations to mark the 1916 Rising, RTE, in partnership with Ireland 2016, will transform the city as they seek to recreate the sound and sights of Dublin during that momentous year that would change this island forever. Dublin city will become a hive of activity with a wide scale of events ranging from the theatrical to the educational with a strong emphasis on family entertainment themed throughout. As part of this extravaganza there will be a number of tented craft villages throughout the city centre highlighting the skills and craft people found more common in 1916. At one such tented village, situated at St. Stephen's Green, Tom and Patricia of Duffy Bookbinders will be found, in period costume, showcasing the ancient skill and craft of Bookbinding. We were delighted to have been asked to participate and never hesitated in accepting an opportunity to not only promote bookbinding but help mark 'The Rising' in the city, an event that has always had a prominent position in our own family history. What makes our 'posting' at St. Stephen's Green even more emotionally significant is the fact that on Easter Monday 100 years previous, Patrick (Paddy) Duffy, my great grandfather, and the first bookbinder in the family that now reaches four generations, would enter St. Stephen's Green, armed, along with other members of The Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army. Under the command of Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz they had planned to dig themselves in for the long haul but British machine gunners were moved into the Shelbourne Hotel, giving a significant height advantage over the green. The constant raining of machine gun bullets forced the order to evacuate and the order was given to take over the College of Surgeons, adjacent to the green. At the same time, over at City Hall, a young nurse and member of The Irish Citizens Army, Brigid Davis, was attending to the dying Seán Connolly. Brigid's blood stained apron can be seen at the museum in Kilmainham Jail. After Pearse's surrender, Brigid herself was brought to Kilmainham Jail before being released. Paddy was sent to the Welsh prison camp of Frongoch. Upon his release Paddy returned in ill health. Brigid, under the orders of Dr. Kathleen Lynn, was assigned to Paddy to nurse him back to full strength, and it was during this time that they would fall in love. After an active part from both in the war of Independence they would get married and start a family. Paddy would complete a bookbinding apprenticeship and would eventually become the bindery overseer of Alex Thoms. His son Tommy, my grandfather, would come to work along side him. Tommy would go on to start up Duffy Bookbinders, now owned by Paddy and Brigid's grandsons, Tom and Patrick and working along side is Tom's wife Patricia and myself, their great grandson. So a century later from that Easter when Paddy dodged the constant machine gun fire and Brigid bravely maneuvered along the copper domed roof of City Hall under sniper fire, Duffy Bookbinders will play their small part to help the city of Dublin to remember and celebrate all the brave men and women of 1916, but forgive us if we selfishly reflect on our own family history and how 'The Rising' would bring two active participants together in life. This would lead not only to a family but a family craft in bookbinding started by Paddy and still going strong four generations later.