Tuesday, May 10, 2016
On April 24th Easter Monday four British soldiers were making their way along the River Liffey quays towards Sean Heuston's garrison at the Mendicity when they were attacked by a group of 'hardened' rebels. The soldiers frightened and scared made their way to a stables on Usher's Lane where they hid.
They were protected by the Griffin family in their hayloft where the matriarch of the house provided the soldiers with civilian clothes and they made their escape back to the Royal Barracks. Aidan Lynch then grabbed the abandoned British rifles and handed them over to the rebel garrison of Edward Daly in the Four Courts.
Lynch was arrested and deported but was released in July 1916. He felt aggreived and attacked members of the Griffin family including the head man of the house John Griffin whom he believed had turned him into the authorities for handing the rifles to the rebels. Aidan's brother James in turn attacked John Griffin who was then defended by James Griffin of 55 St Mary’s Lane and Lawrence Quinn of 172 Church Street who were charged with assaulting Aidan Lynch at Usher’s Lane on July 22nd. James Lynch brother of Aidan charged with assaulting John Griffin, father of James
Corporal James Brady of Dublin Fusiliers relayed that equipment was taken by Lynch and handed to the rebels.
and Quinn were fined twenty schillings while James Lynch was sentenced to a month in prison
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Cáit Mhic Ionnraic (left) daughter of John 'Blimey' O'Connor
The Morse message being reenacted 100 years later
Seoirse Plunkett, a nephew of Joseph Plunkett brought a old vintage spark transmitter, while Tony tapped out the Morse messages dispatched by the operators a century a ago.
An emotional and wonderful night with ceol agus craic.
Eddie Bohan & Fergus O'Kelly grandson of Fergus O'Kelly
Brian Greene interviewing Joseph Plunkett's nephew
The O'Connor relatives posing with the Plunkett spark transmitter