“Sinn Feiners numbering about 1,500… have invaded the railway line near Athenry”

6.30pm 26-4-16

A party of Sinn Feiners numbering about 1,500 are reported officially to have invaded the railway line near Athenry and to be apparently approaching Athlone. I am informed the Sinn Feiners are in occupation of Renmore Barracks and of same police station,

I suggest that it may be considered advisable to send troops to Athlone this evening to meet the crowd should they come there. I am informed there are about 250 rifles at Athlone Barracks and a large quantity of ammunition.

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The above message was telephoned by RA Madden DI Mullingar to the Guard Room at the RIC Depot. He got the information from Colonel Galway, Commanding No. 11 District.

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