“It was a very lonely experience. We could hear the firing all around the city”

BMH“When we took over Lambe’s publichouse and the other shop, whose name I think was
Gilbeys, we proceeded to barricade the windows and post sentries. Within half an hour I found myself as a sentry in the back garden of this publichouse, watching out over the fields and hedges; and I thought it was a very lonely experience. We could hear the firing all around the city. Then we heard firing very near us, Henderson told us that everything was O.K., that a detachment of the Citizen Army had taken over Gouldings’ Manure Works over at the Annesley Bridge, and that was where the firing was coming from. By this time, of course, all trams and trains in the city wore stopped. We saw crowds of people who had been out in Howth and Baldoyle Races that day; and it was a pitiful sight to see the people – women and small children – coming along up to one and two o’clock in the morning, walking to their homes in the City.”
Bureau of Military History testimony of Seamus Daly, member of 2nd Battalion Irish Volunteers
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