On Camden Street we were trained and exercised in drill, figure marching, stretcher-drill, signalling and rifle practice with a little rook rifle. We also went on route marches regularly on our own initiative in order to train the girls in marching and in taking control…
On the big March Past on St. Patrick’s Day, 1916, we were under orders to be ready as this might be the “real thing”, meaning, of course, the Rising. We all wore full equipment and
carried rations for twelve hours.
Bureau of Military History testimony of Margaret Kennedy, Member of Cumann na mBan 1916 – Captain 1920