McDonagh approached and said to me… “I’ll stay at your house on Easter Saturday next”

For the parade on St. Patrick‘s Day 1916, I got orders from McDonagh to parade in uniform at Father Mathew Park. When I reported there in uniform there: was a group of officers of the 2nd Battalion present, which I joined. I was there a few minutes when McDonagh approached and said to me: “I didn’t recognise you at first in uniform” and he asked me where I lived. I told him I lived at 45 Lower Gardiner Street and he said; “I’ll stay at your house on Easter Saturday next”…
Subsequent to the parade on 17th March definite preparations were made for the parade of the Volunteers on Easter Sunday. Every man got instructions to fully equip himself as much as possible and McDonagh went round all the Companies and addressed the men. Whilst he did not specifically say so, most of us inferred from all this that the hour was at
hand.
Bureau of Military History testimony of Thomas J Meldon, Brigade Musketry Officer, Dublin Brigade, 1915-1921
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