Rod Stewart lays flowers at grave of Grace Gifford-Plunkett, subject of the song 'Grace', during visit to Ireland
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Rod Stewart lays flowers at grave of Grace Gifford-Plunkett, subject of the song 'Grace', during visit to Ireland

SINGER ROD Stewart was visiting Ireland over the weekend, and took the time to visit some culturally important places.

The 74-year-old covered Grace in 2018, a cherished Irish ballad originally written in 1985 by Frank and Séan O'Meara, and which tells the heartbreaking true story of Grace Gifford-Plunkett, who married Easter Rising rebel Joseph Plunkett the night before he was executed for his part in the rising:

"Oh Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger
They'll take me out at dawn and I will die
With all my love I place this wedding ring upon your finger
There won't be time to share our love for we must say goodbye".

On his recent visit to Dublin, Stewart visited Glasnevin cemetery, where Grace herself is buried, and laid a wreath on her final resting place.

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The singer also visited the notorious Kilmainham Gaol, where Joseph Plunkett was imprisoned and executed, and where Grace and Joseph were wed in a 15- minute ceremony the night before he was executed by firing squad.

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Stewart looked the part, with a shamrock chain and an Easter Rising t-shirt bearing the images of some of the leaders of the rebellion.

It wasn't his first time visiting the Gaol, which is now a museum-- after his first visit he lamented the inhumanity of the conditions the prisoners were forced to live in.

The singer was in Dublin to perform two sold-out shows in the capital's 3 Arena on the 4th and 5th of December.