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By Mick O'Farrell

A choice of fascinating and strange information from one of many greatest occasions in Irish heritage. The 1916 emerging was once Ireland's first step at the street to independence, yet even those that understand very much approximately it could actually now not recognize that there have been transitority ceasefires round St Stephen's eco-friendly to permit the park-keeper to feed the Green's geese. Few be aware of that the 1st photographs of the emerging have been really fired close to Portlaoise or certainly that either side issued receipts: the rebels for meals, the British for rebels! 50 stuff you did not find out about 1916 good points excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written via a civilian, and one written less than fireplace by way of a member of the Jacob's manufacturing facility garrison. It additionally tells the tale of the way the British military shelled the routes into Galway urban to disperse rebels lower than the command of Liam Mellows, and the way the officer who took Pearse's quit went directly to turn into a Hollywood star.50 issues is a treasure trove of knowledge that would appeal...

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30 20. What was life like for a rebel under fire? A rebel Volunteer whose name doesn’t appear in the official lists of deported prisoners, but who is included in the Roll of Honour, is Seosamh de Brún, who fought with B Company, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, in Jacob’s factory. In 1949, de Brún submitted a statement of his ex-periences to the Bureau of Military History – Witness Statement 312 – and in it he tells of his time with the rebels during the Easter Rising. However, this statement, written with hindsight, isn’t the only memoir that de Brún left behind.

In fact, in the early days of Easter Week, the streets were busy, because, apart from combatants and bullets, there were large numbers of civilians out and about – not frightened civilians rushing to safety, but sightseers moving here and there, trying to get a look at the action. On some occasions they were out in great numbers and at all times they were in great danger. We might find that a hard fact to believe these days, that civilians would put themselves in danger’s way just to see what was happening, but in 1916 there were no on-the-spot reporters for radio, let alone TV.

21 In his seminal book on 1916, Max Caulfield wrote that in the pause before a British attack on a rebel outpost ‘civilians, sensing an entertainment, huddled close to the walls in Dame Street or crouched in shop doorways’. When the attack began, ‘the effect on the crowd was comical. Men darted away like rabbits, women fainted. ’ Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, with so many non-combatats milling around, there were inevitably civilian casualties. One history of the Rising gives figures of 450 people killed and 2,614 wounded.

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