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POSTCARDS: EASTER 1916 SET 1

Holding a Dublin Street Against the Rebels

Note the incorrect month: the Rebellion took place in April, not May. This picture is identified in Winding the Clock: O'Rahilly and the 1916 Rising (Aodogán O'Rahilly) as the barricade at the end of Moore Street which Rebel Leader Michael O'Rahilly was trying to storm when he was fatally wounded. The shop on the corner is Number 57 'Simpson & Wallace'.


Liberty Hall, Dublin, the Rebel Headquarters, after the storming

Liberty Hall was the Head Office of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. Labour leader James Connolly was General Secretary of the Union, and also Commander of the Irish Citizen Army which joined with the Irish Volunteers in the uprising. Although committed to the rising, and a signer of the Easter Proclamation, Connolly was a realist. Leaving Liberty Hall with his troops he remarked to William O'Brien, 'We are going out to be slaughtered.' Connolly's ankle was shattered by gunshot and after the Rebel surrender, he was executed at Kilmainham jail. His injuries were so severe that he had to be carried out to the stonebreakers yard on a stretcher, and strapped to a chair to face the firing squad.


O'Connell Bridge and Quays Dublin
(Before and After "Sinn Fein Rebellion")

In the top photo we can see the statue of Daniel O'Connell presiding over the north side of the bridge; below the same buildings along the quays, now destroyed by bombs and widespread fire.


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