April 24th 1916, Easter Rising Begins In Dublin – Irish Revolutionaries

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April 24th 1916, Easter Rising Begins In Dublin

April 24th 1916, Easter Rising Begins In Dublin

At around 11 am large numbers of Irish volunteers and Irish citizen army in full uniform and carrying weapons are seen gathering at Liberty Hall and other parts of Dublin City Centre.

Because of the confusion over what day the rising was supposed to take place, it is estimated only roughly 1,500 rebels show up, but the leaders decide to go ahead with the rising.

Important buildings around the city including the GPO, Stephens Green, City Hall, Four Courts, South Dublin Union, Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, Bolands Mills, and the GPO are quickly occupied by the Volunteers.

The GPO is made the HQ were Padraig Pearse reads aloud the proclamation to bemused onlookers while Eamon Bulfin and other rebels raise two flags above the GPO, the Irish tricolour and a green flag bearing the words ‘Irish Republic’.

An attempt to take Dublin Castle fails and there was no attempt to take Trinity College, during the rising both these buildings were vital in Britain's response to the rising.

As well as taking many buildings the Volunteers also secure control of various bridges across the city. It seems that they are attempting to erect a cordon around the centre of the city and control the main routes into the city centre.

By 1:15 pm a troop of the 6th Reserve Cavalry proceeds down Sackville Street and is engaged by rebels in the GPO and buildings opposite, by 2 pm heavy fighting is reported as British troops attempt to move around the city but are attacked by well-positioned volunteers.

By late afternoon looting occurs all across the city especially on Sackville Street as some citizens of Dublin take advantage of the upheaval and the apparent lack of law and order.

Earlier in the day, Harcourt Railway Station is occupied by the rebels, but they critically fail to take control of other major transport terminals in the city or the quays of the Dublin Docklands, this and the failure to cut communication lines means the that British are quickly able to send in troops from the Curragh.

As the first day of the rising turns to night, much of Dublin city centre is in flames due to looting and much of the southside is in total darkness due to the machinery being dismantled at the Gasworks on South Lots Road.

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