50 Things You Didn't Know About the 1916 Easter Rising by Mick O'Farrell

By Mick O'Farrell

A selection of fascinating and weird information from one of many greatest occasions in Irish historical past. The 1916 emerging was once Ireland's first step at the street to independence, yet even those that understand very much approximately it could no longer comprehend that there have been transitority ceasefires round St Stephen's eco-friendly to permit the park-keeper to feed the Green's geese. Few understand that the 1st pictures of the emerging have been truly fired close to Portlaoise or certainly that either side issued receipts: the rebels for nutrients, the British for rebels! 50 stuff you did not learn about 1916 gains excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written via a civilian, and one written below fireplace by way of a member of the Jacob's manufacturing facility garrison. It additionally tells the tale of the way the British military shelled the routes into Galway urban to disperse rebels below the command of Liam Mellows, and the way the officer who took Pearse's hand over went directly to turn into a Hollywood star.50 issues is a treasure trove of knowledge that would appeal...

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Mick was also the 50-mile Irish champion and won several medals and cups for both the 50- and 100-mile events. During the rebellion, Mick Walker also acted as a courier, and, being a familiar sight on his bicycle on the streets of Dublin, he successfully delivered many dispatches without challenge. Following the surrender, both Mick and John managed to escape from Jacob’s, but they were later arrested and sent to Stafford Detention Barracks. Mick’s son, also Michael, said that his father was released when he was vouched for by a policeman who knew him from his cycling days with the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP).

Galway coastal shelling Although Dublin was the main centre of ‘activity’ during the week of the rebellion, some unrest was evident around the country. However, with various on-again, off-again messages being delivered to rebel leaders, confusion in-evitably reigned. Communication was a lot more difficult in those days and, in some instances, instructions cancelling one set of orders were received well before the original orders themselves were delivered. Nevertheless, County Galway was one area which saw a large band of rebels assemble, ready for action, under leader Liam Mellows.

13. Galway coastal shelling Although Dublin was the main centre of ‘activity’ during the week of the rebellion, some unrest was evident around the country. However, with various on-again, off-again messages being delivered to rebel leaders, confusion in-evitably reigned. Communication was a lot more difficult in those days and, in some instances, instructions cancelling one set of orders were received well before the original orders themselves were delivered. Nevertheless, County Galway was one area which saw a large band of rebels assemble, ready for action, under leader Liam Mellows.

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