“We got a most hostile reception from the tenements… pots and pans were thrown”

BMH“We started off for the G. P. O. We marched down along the same road again down by Ballybough and, coming near O’Connell Street, we swung into Cumberland Street, taking
back streets so as to come out at O’Connell Street at the nearest point to the Post Office that we could. When we reached Cumberland Street. We got a most hostile reception from the tenements. We were jeered and boohed, and every article, mentionable and unmentionable, was thrown at us from the windows, and what they didn’t tell us – these were all soldiers’ wives; their men were out in France, the ring-money women we used to call them. In any case, we went through. Nobody was hurt, though a few stones were thrown; a few pots and pans were thrown at us, but nobody was hit.”

Bureau of Military History testimony of Seamus Daly, member of 2nd Battalion Irish Volunteers

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