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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 used to be Ireland's first step at the highway to independence, yet even those that recognize very much approximately it will possibly no longer 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 recognize that the 1st pictures of the emerging have been really fired close to Portlaoise or certainly that each side issued receipts: the rebels for nutrition, the British for rebels! 50 stuff you did not learn about 1916 good points excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written through a civilian, and one written below fireplace via a member of the Jacob's manufacturing facility garrison.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 less than 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 might appeal...

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From one ship which did intercept the broadcast, however, there was no chance of the rebel message being relayed to the American press, because that ship was the British warship HMS Adventure, anchored at Dun Laoghaire and being used as a relay station for messages between Dublin and London. m. on Tuesday, the Adventure’s radio operator intercepted the first of three rebel messages. The next two were intercepted on Wednesday morning and included the somewhat slanted news that: ‘British troops have been repulsed with great slaughter in the attempt to take the Irish position.

Volunteer James Brennan helped proceedings along by prodding the conductor with his shotgun. ’ To which he replied: ‘Would you mind doing it yourself, ma’am. ’10 Volunteer Joe Good remembered that it was a warm sunny day and the rebels ‘were as cheerful as excursionists off to the seaside’. Johnny ‘Blimey’ O’Connor played a flute and ‘we sang on the top of the open tram. ’11 From O’Connell Street, the men moved to muster outside Liberty Hall, before returning to O’Connell Street via Abbey Street and ultimately occupying the GPO.

These were the ‘orthodox weapons’, but there were many unorthodox weapons put to use in 1916. On a big table in the GPO, ‘a large array of daggers, bayonets and many weird varieties of lethal weapons were laid out’. 5 Captain Arthur Dickson (see Fact 40) described his first action in Dublin as ‘a baptism of fire … with flintlocks, shotguns and elephant rifles, as well as more orthodox weapons’. Harking back to rebellions of previous generations, the pike made a reappearance on the streets of Dublin – without rifles to shoulder, many Volunteers began the rebellion carrying nothing more than a weapon which wouldn’t have looked out of place on a medieval battlefield.

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