“The first clash with the British authorities took place on March 15th 1916”

BMHThe first clash with the British authorities took place on March 15th 1916, when we prevented the holding of a British recruiting meeting at Stuake. The members of the neighbouring Courtbrack Company were with us in this venture. When the car in which the speakers for the meeting arrived at the meeting place, the crowd gathered round. We were now ordered to “fall in” in the vicinity and, having formed up, we were marched between the car and the audience – surrounding the car. The Courtbrack Company arrived at this stage and took up positions with us. The crowd now scattered and the speakers only audience was our combined units of Volunteers and a few members of the R.I.C. There was no prospect of getting any recruits for the British army from this gathering, so the speakers for the British drove off without attempting to address us.
Bureau of Military History Testimony of Maurice Brew, 2nd Lieutenant, Donoughmore Company
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