Edward Daly was born in Limerick in 1891. Daly’s family had a history of republican activity. His uncle John Daly had taken part in the rebellion of 1867. During the Rising, Edward Daly led the First Battalion, which raided the Bridewell and Linenhall Barracks, and eventually seized control of the Four Courts. He was a close friend of Thomas Clarke, who was married to his sister. Edward Daly was executed on the 4th of May 1916.