Day 5, Sinn Fein Rebellion: “Shots were fired from [Burkes] public house”

6.50pm Chief Comm informs Col Halls that Wallis stables are at Empress Placec Heitons at South Gloucester St and toward St Tedcatly in Erne Street near Wkow which is in the hands of the rebels.

6.40pm The Recorder phones to Chief Commnr that when on his way to the castle he was stopped by the Military who he states would not see to his pass. He phoned from his residence.

4.20pm Information to Police at Mountjoy that despatches were delivered on the River at the house 13 St Clements Road Drumcondra by women on bicycles relative to Insurrection.

The house is occupied by Mrs Kearns who has 4 sons Rebels.

6.45pm Information at Kilmainham Station that at 11am she saw 2 paupers of SD Union take a large sack of bread from the Union into Burkes public house opposite the Union for the use she believes of Rebels. Shots were fired from the public house during the night and it is thought the Rebels are hiding there. They are also believed to be in Hardimans close by.

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“Send..the best men…who have the best knowledge of Sinn Feiners and Citizen Army”

Dublin Metropolitan Police Telephone

Castle Station of Origin Date 29 4 1916 Received at 6.45pm Sent at 6.50pm

From Chief Supt D.M.P. To All Supts

Please send here at 10am tomorrow. 5 of the best men in plain clothes from your divisions who have the best knowledge of Sinn Feiners and Citizen Army.

Phoned Superintendent A

Copied College Station

“ “ Superintendent  C B and D

Phoned to Kingstown Fire Bde @8.10pm

29 4 16 “ “ R.Mines

“Prevent looting in the ruins of the General Post Office… value in the wreck”

Received MN 6.15pm 29/4

As Secretary of the Post Office, Ireland, I have to submit the following urgent requests:-

  1. Tha such steps as are necessary be taken forthwith to prevent looting in the ruins of the General Post Office. There is probably still much of public value in the wreck – e.g. copper-and in the various safes, some of which may be intact, there are material sums of money & other articles of public & private importance.
  2. That access be given to the ruins & other points in Sackville Street for myself, Mr Gomersall, the Superintending Engineer, the Controller of the Dublin Postal District, the Controller of Telegraphs, & other officers of the Post Office known to and vouched for by us; and that the necessary passes be issued.

 

AH Norway

Secretary

29 April 1916

Ned Daly took two paces forward and said in a loud voice: “I Am”

On the surrender we marched back through Henry Street to O’Connell St. We were lined up in single file with our backs on the Gresham Hotel where we grounded arms. After some tithe a small body of men from the Four Courts garrison under Commandant Ned Daly entered O’Connell St. from Parnell Street marched down and faced us across the street. The British General roared: “Who is in charge of this party?” Two heels clicked. Ned Daly took two paces forward and said in a loud voice: “I am”. We were then marched into the plot of ground opposite the Rotunda and remained in the open all night.

On Sunday morning we were marched to Richmond Barracks and, after a meal of dog biscuits and bully beef, we were marched to the boat that night. We were taken to Stafford Prison. After some time I was transferred to Frongoch and released at Christmas 1916.

Bureau of Military History testimony of Sean Price, Member of ‘B’ Company 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade

“D.I. Smyth and 2 Sgts., 3 Consts, and 2 chauffeurs were killed at Ashbourne”

Wire from C.I. Navan. Handed in at  — Received at 5-38p.m. 29/1/16.

In continuation of telegram of last night it is now definitely ascertained that D.I. Smyth and 2 Sgts., 3 Consts, and 2 chauffeurs were killed at Ashbourne. 1 constable died of wounds at Navan Infirmary and one sergt and 13 constable died of wounds at Navan Infirmary and one sergt and 13 constables wounded, 3 only slightly, 1 chauffeur seriously wounded. C.I. Gray has a compound fracture in his right forearm and a fracture of left hand and a wound in right hip. Information to hand that the rebels are marching on Dunshaughlin. No reinforcements have yet arrived. Our men lost 54 carbines and swords with ammunition and several revolvers, nearly half the present County force 00000 are therefore disarmed, 2 barracks Kilmoon and Dillonsbridge are vacated.