April 26th 1916, Day 3 Of The 1916 Rising
The third day of the Easter Rising is regarded as the most bloody of the rising.
British reinforcements arrive in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire) and are welcomed by Dubliners, some giving them food before they march toward the city. Many of the British soldiers were confused thinking they had been en route to France.
At around 8 am the British gunship the Helga begins shelling the empty Liberty Hall and at the Mendicity Institute, near the Four Courts, the rebels surrender after ammunition finally runs out.
The peace activist Francis Sheehy-Skeffington who was arrested the previous day while trying to stop looting was executed in Portobello Barracks.
Throughout the day there are fierce exchanges between the rebels and the British around the four courts, Jacob’s biscuit factory, Marrowbone Lane Distillery, Sackville Street and at Mount Street bridge/Clanwilliam House a small unit of rebels cause 200 British casualties of the Sherwood Forester regiment.
At the end of day three, Mount Street and Clanwilliam House have been taken by the British while Boland's Mill is under heavy attack, the tide is turning towards the British.
General Sir John Grenfell Maxwell is dispatched from London to deal with the Rising. After “Martial Law” had been declared the previous day General Maxwell was to be judge and jury in Ireland upon his arrival.