Mullingar County Inspector: “All is well… I will send daily reports by cyclists”

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Mullingar 26 4 1916

I beg to report that up to last evening everything was quiet in Sligo and Castlebar- wires I had written to Carrick on Shannon, Galway, Ennis, Limerick and Cork could not be sent owing to post office difficulties and not I believe through the wires having been cut except as regards Galway.

I got onto Cork at 11pm last night and the police there tell me that all was then quiet and so far as they know or knew the same could be said of Limerick and Tralee.

Passengers arriving here from Galway at 12.45pm yesterday stated that nothing had occurred in Galway town up to the time they left. However, at 8pm, the [DI?] Athlone telephoned that he heard that the Sinn Feiners about Athenry had got together, had marched to the town of Athenry and had taken the police barracks there. This is evidently true as the Railway authorities in Mullingar informed me that they were sending a special train from here to Ballinasloe to convey a large detachment of Police from Ballinasloe to Athenry. This special train left here at about 8pm.

At about 2pm yesterday railway communication at Athenry was interrupted by the Sinn Feiners and trains are held up there. Telegraphic communication is still open as far as Ballinasloe but not beyond that town. All quiet yesterday at Tullamore and the only thing I can say of Ennis is that last night Cork had heard no bad news from that quarter. All is well in this and the surrounding counties.

I will send daily reports by cyclists as directed,

[(Jd)] RJ Maunsell CI

PS I have just heard from Co. Supt Carrick-on-Shannon by post that all is quiet in his county.

Note: Quiet at Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Kings, Westmeath.. ? counties Cork

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