Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
According to the Irish Times published on May 1st outside O’Sullivans Pub near Farranfore, Kerry two constables were shot and wounded. RIC Constable Michael Cleary (23) was shot in the right breast while his colleague Constable Thomas McLoughlin (23) in right arm. The incident took place on Easter Saturday April 22nd, two days before the main outbreak.
The two constables had been posting a martial law proclamation forbidding all meetings and assemblies. They were spotted by Jim Reardon a captain in the Firies Company of the Irish Volunteers. According to Michael Spillane's Witness Statement
" He went over to read it and then tore it down. The two R.I.C. men thought to arrest him and tried to club him with their carbines. Jim Reardon drew his gun and shot them both."
Dublin was the epicentre of the Easter Rising
there was some action outside the confines of the capital. Apart from Galway,
Ashbourne and Enniscorthy, the Volunteers drilled and trained in Dundalk County
Louth saw action as they made their way to assist their comrades in Dublin. Led by Dan
Hannigan there first confrontation with the enemy as they believed was the
accidental shooting a local at a rebel checkpoint when the gun belonging to
Sean McEntee went off. Struggling to make any progress on foot, the company of
rebels hijacked a number of cars taking punters home northwards from the race
meeting at Fairyhouse. The rebels held onto the drivers as they were unable to
drive themselves. Their next engagement was at Castlebellingham where they
captured and made prisoners of the two local policemen. They then raided the
grocery shops for provisions seizing them in the name of the new .
While in charge of the town another policemen arrived on a bicycle but was more
stubborn than his colleagues when it came to surrendering to the rebels. It was
only after encouragement from his colleagues did he surrender and hand over his
weapon. Just as the rebels were about to re-board the cars another car entered
town with a driver and a British soldier. The soldier surrendered to the rebels
only after a heated argument. Irish Republic
As the rebels were about to continue their journey to
a shot rang out and as Sean McEntee wrote in his book he looked back at the
point in the hedge where the prisoners of war were being held and saw the
officer slump to the ground. It was only later at his court martial that he
realised that the officer had been injured by the same shot that had killed RIC
The rebels rested in the hijacked cars in a secluded field overnight and the following morning following reports of up to 5000 British troops in Dunslaughlin decided to release the drivers with the rebels conscious of doing the right thing within the new Republic gave their captives money for food and their fare home if they could get a train or bus with the rebellion in full swing.
McEntee then walked the rest of the journey into
via Finglas joining up with the rebel forces in the GPO on Wednesday morning.
Invented by John Lawson Johnson in 1870, Bovril operated a distribution warehouse on Eustace Street now at the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar. Due to food shortages in the aftermath of the Rising especially with the forced closure of bakeries, Bovril which was used to feed troops in many fields of battle from Crimea to The Boer War to the fields of France was distributed free to the citizens of Dublin.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Beer and spirits was at the heart of events in 1916. Proclamation signatory Sean McDermott once worked as a barman in
Belfast before turning
his attention to more pressing matters. The rebels managed not to seize British
Army barracks around the city or even the seat of The British Government in Ireland,
but did capture The Watkins Brewery on Dublin Castle Ardee Street, The Jameson Distillery,
Roe’s Distillery, Dublin City Distillery, and the Barmack Brewery and many
The Watkins Brewery raiding party was led by the teetotaller Con Colbert who was subsequently executed in the aftermath of the Rising. The brewery was unprotected except for a yard manager and was quickly captured by twenty rebels and the only counter attack they suffered from Monday to Wednesday was a large group of angry women, the wives and families of Irishmen serving in the British army, who demanded that the rebels go home ‘to their mammy’s and daddy’s’.
The Marrowbone Lane Distillery where Jameson whiskey was produced in great quantity was captured by Captain Seamus Murphy and his men. The military advantage of the distillery was the height of the chimneys and warehouses.
A section from Eamonn Ceannt’s 4th Battalion seized Roe’s Distillery located at
on James’s Street.
Barmack’s Distillery on Mount
Lane off Clanbrassil
Street was seized by Captain Henderson. Despite
the seizure of all these distilleries there was very little drunkenness from
the rebels but much of the stock was looted by the poor of the city.
The Dublin City Distillery on
Pearse Street was seized by Captain
Cullen as part of Eamonn DeValera’s battalion who captured Boland’s Mill.
DeValera hoisted the Irish flag, then a green flag with a gold Brian Boru harp
at its centre on top of the Distillery. The British artillery and gunboat Helga
shelled the distillery believing that this was the rebels’ location but
DeValera was located in the bakery watching the British destroy the wrong
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