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By Mick O'Farrell

A selection of interesting and strange information from one of many greatest occasions in Irish historical past. The 1916 emerging was once Ireland's first step at the highway to independence, yet even those that recognize very much approximately it may possibly no longer be aware of that there have been transitority ceasefires round St Stephen's eco-friendly to permit the park-keeper to feed the Green's geese. Few recognize that the 1st photographs of the emerging have been truly fired close to Portlaoise or certainly that each side issued receipts: the rebels for nutrients, the British for rebels! 50 belongings you did not learn about 1916 beneficial properties excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written through a civilian, and one written below hearth by way of a member of the Jacob's manufacturing unit garrison. It additionally tells the tale of ways the British army shelled the routes into Galway urban to disperse rebels below the command of Liam Mellows, and the way the officer who took Pearse's give up went directly to develop into a Hollywood star.50 issues is a treasure trove of data that may appeal...

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In his statement to the Bureau of Military History in 1949, Volunteer Seosamh de Brún wrote that Commandant Thomas MacDonagh told every man to select a bicycle from a heap of machines nearby. ‘I happened to select a first class one with a rifle holder …’ Before setting out, however, one of the twenty or so men suggested a cup of tea and ‘the Commandant acquiesced’. The cycle from Jacob’s to Merrion Square proceeded without incident, but then suddenly the rebels came under fire from ‘khaki-clad men [who] dropped to their knees and blazed away’.

The monument bears three plaques – a copy of the Proclamation, a picture of a derailed train and a dedication, which names the Volunteers and reads: First Shot in 1916 Rising On Easter Sunday night, 23rd April, 1916, acting under the direct orders of Patrick Pearse, the Laois Volunteers participated in the demolition of a section of the Abbeyleix-Portlaoise railway line at a location near here. The purpose of this exercise was to prevent British military reinforcements from reaching Dublin via Waterford after the Rising had started.

Bella’s diary, as it comes down to us after more than ninety years, is a fragile typewritten document on very thin paper, most likely the carbon copy of the original, typed after the rebellion, but from notes written in the present tense. ). It runs to six pages, starting on Easter Monday, 24 April, and ending sixteen days later on Wednesday, 10 May – from ‘This afternoon an army of Sinn Feiners took possession of most of the big buildings including the GPO’, to ‘The milkman turned up after ten days: he was held a prisoner for two days near Church Street by the S.

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