Wednesday, May 18, 2011
THE SHOE BOOT SALE
Pat Mulryan's horse and cart became the focus of attention on the Tuesday morning of the Easter Rising. He came to a halt outside the Pro Cathedral on Malborough Street and became a focal point of all the men and women who had looted shoes and boots the previous evening but only had a left or right shoe or two left shoes. He began an exchange mart for people trying to match a pair of shoes charging a half penny for every match made. Just after noon the arena degenerated into rioting as people fought over shoes they had looted and a volley of shots from some Volunteers on O'Connell Street at the top of Cathedral Street cleared the area especially as Mulryan's horse bolted out of sight. Mulryan attempted to claim compensation from the British Government after the Rising for the loss of his horse but was refused.