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By Mick O'Farrell

A number of interesting and weird info from one of many greatest occasions in Irish heritage. The 1916 emerging used to be Ireland's first step at the highway to independence, yet even those that understand greatly approximately it might probably no longer recognize that there have been transitority ceasefires round St Stephen's eco-friendly to permit the park-keeper to feed the Green's geese. Few comprehend that the 1st photographs of the emerging have been really fired close to Portlaoise or certainly that each side issued receipts: the rebels for nutrition, the British for rebels! 50 belongings you did not learn about 1916 beneficial properties excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written via a civilian, and one written lower than fireplace via a member of the Jacob's manufacturing facility garrison. It additionally tells the tale of ways the British military shelled the routes into Galway urban to disperse rebels lower than the command of Liam Mellows, and the way the officer who took Pearse's give up went directly to develop into a Hollywood star.50 issues is a treasure trove of knowledge that would appeal...

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In 1916, de Brún, evidently a carpenter, kept a very small pocket diary (‘Collins’ Midget Diary’), which has survived to this day. At the start of 1916 his entries concern personal business – for example, his resolution to give up smoking and drinking until business improves and he clears some of his debt. However, the entries soon get more interesting – for instance, on Saturday, 22 January: ‘Police raid on Countess M[arkievicz]. & others. Volunteers involved. ’ From then on, in between notes about unions, social visits and bank accounts, there are entries about munitions, Volunteer parades, printing press seizures and Volunteer expulsions.

Indeed, the navy had been expecting an attempt at gun-running for quite a while – for more than six weeks before the Aud even set sail, Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Ireland, had ordered a number of ships to patrol the west coast with the specific aim of intercepting any vessels acting suspiciously. In the Aud’s first two encounters with these ships, Spindler’s disguise worked well, but it was only a matter of time before her luck ran out. So in fact there is no need to ponder what might have happened if the Aud’s cargo of guns and ammunition had made it to dry land, because the ‘what if …’ scenario could never actually have happened.

Well, not quite … 3 First shot of the Rising? 4 The rebellion’s first casualties 5 From Kaiser to Kilcoole 6 ‘Flintlocks, shotguns and elephant rifles, as well as more orthodox weapons’ 7 Travelling to rebellion I 8 The return of looted goods 9 To France … via Dublin 10 In harm’s way – deliberately 11 Travelling to rebellion II 12 A ceasefire for ducks 13 Galway coastal shelling 14 Rebels on bicycles 15 Brothers in arms I 16 World’s first ever radio news broadcast 17 Receipts – official and unofficial politeness 18 Today’s rebels – yesterday’s Olympians 19 A crack shot in TCD 20 What was life like for a rebel under fire?

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