By Mick O'Farrell
A number of fascinating and weird info from one of many largest 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 will possibly now not comprehend 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 each side issued receipts: the rebels for foodstuff, the British for rebels! 50 belongings you did not find out about 1916 positive aspects excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written by way of a civilian, and one written below hearth by way of a member of the Jacob's manufacturing unit garrison.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 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 give up went directly to develop into a Hollywood star.50 issues is a treasure trove of knowledge that would appeal...
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Extra resources for 50 Things You Didn't Know About the 1916 Easter Rising
When the threat of attack on Trinity College spurred the staff into action, one of them, Chief Steward Joseph Marshall, might have been forgiven for experiencing a sense of déjà vu. Marshall had been a constable with the Dublin Metropolitan Police during the Fenian rising of 1867, during which time he had seized a number of rebel pikes. 8 7. Travelling to rebellion I Rebels arrived for duty on Easter Monday in ones and twos, by various means – on foot, by bicycle, or by public transport. At least one even arrived by automobile (see Fact 11).
One of the seven rebels was Fergus O’Kelly, who had served with the Army Signalling Corps, and another was Arthur Shields (see Fact 43). 5 kilowatt ship’s transmitter working again and David Bourke, an experienced Marconi operator, began to send out messages in Morse code: Irish Republic declared in Dublin today. Irish troops have captured city and are in full possession. Enemy cannot move in city. The whole country rising. From then until the building had to be abandoned under machine gun and sniper fire the next day, the message was broadcast at regular intervals.
Unfortunately they were subsequently lost in the post between England and Ireland, so they’re still out there somewhere! 18. Today’s rebels – yesterday’s Olympians Bicycles featured largely as a means of transport during the rebellion – on the rebel side they were regularly used by dispatch riders and also as a means of ‘hit and run’ attacks on the British. But although they were faster than walking, bicycles weren’t necessarily any safer; the first casualty claimed by the defenders of Trinity College was a young rebel dispatch rider (see Fact 14).
50 Things You Didn't Know About the 1916 Easter Rising by Mick O'Farrell