As I entered the Fort, a man approached me from the shrubbery. He was a tall gentleman. He looked foreign to me and not generally the type one meets in the street. There was nothing unusual about his clothes. He wore a beard and had more or less an aristocratic appearance. I don’t remember that his clothes were wet at that stage. He came towards me. I think I said “Good morning” or “Good day”. I asked “What are you doing here?” He replied “Have I not a right to be here”. I continued “You are a stranger here and at the moment we have instructions to look up all strangers coming into the locality”. He
appeared to be a little excited. He said; “I am an Englishman”. “Where did you come from?” I asked.
Bureau of Military History testimony of Bernard Reilly, Constable, Royal Irish Constabulary