“No traffic was allowed to break the ranks of the Volunteers, Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan”

On St. Patrick’s Day 1916 the Dublin Brigade practically fully armed, uniformed and equipped paraded through the City of Dublin and held that portion of Dame St. from the City Hall to the Bank of Ireland for over an hour, during which time no traffic was allowed to break the ranks of the Volunteers, Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan. I remember seeing on that day British soldiers with horse drawn vehicles; conveying war material from North Wall under heavy armed guards being stopped and ordered to proceed on alternative routes and having no choice but to obey the directions of our men. A large force of armed police were simply powerless to intervene and I cannot recollect a single incident to marr the fine demonstration amid the high standard of discipline and training displayed by the combined republican forces.
At this time a great feeling of comradeship had developed between individual Volunteers and they could be seen in small groups chatting or walking, and it was felt by all that soon something big would take place.

Bureau of Miliary History testimony of Sean Cody, Member of ‘G’ Coy, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade

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