Edward Joseph Costello was born in Lurgan County Armagh to Edward (snr) and Rose Costello. His parents came to Lurgan from Kilcock, County Kildare to work in a family business which was in the town centre.
Edward Joseph , worked as a clerk in Johnston and Allen’s Linen Manufacturers in Victoria Street Lurgan. He married Annie and lived in number 3 Castle Lane Lurgan. In 1914 he left Lurgan to seek employment in Dublin. His death certificate lists his final occupation as a Pawn Brokers Assistant.
Edward joined the Irish Citizens Army in 1915. His wife Annie, remained in Lurgan. Edward made frequent visits back to the town to see his wife and children.
He took part in the 1916 Easter Rising in April 1916. Edward Joseph Costello received a fatal bullet wound to the head on the 25th of April 1916 and died in Jarvis Street Hospital. He was aged 27 years. His brother James registered the death. He was buried in Glasnevin cemetery on the 1st May 1916. His grave is in the St, Paul’s section, DC 30. At present there is no headstone on his grave.
His Widow remained in Lurgan and raised his children in the town. They moved from Castle Lane in the 1950’s, moving to number 1 Antrim Road Lurgan. His widow Annie Costello died in Lurgan on the 22nd March 1959.