Category Archive: Irish Citizen Army

Sep 30

THE FUNERAL OF THOMAS ASHE 1917 : SEAN O’CASEY AND JOHN WHELAN

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“Nothing additional remains to be said. That volley which we have just heard is the only speech which it is proper to make above the grave of a dead Fenian” That was the entire oration delivered by Michael Collins at the graveside of Thomas Ashe on this date, 30th September 1917. Thomas Ashe was a …

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Apr 14

1917 – James O’Neill, The Irish Citizen Army, and reorganization in the Docklands.

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 It is a Dublin Tradition that crowds gather for the midnight bells at Christ Church Cathedral to ring in the New Year. As the historic year of 1916 was passing into 1917 why should things be any different? Earlier in the week British Army Recruitment posters had been ripped from the railings and the Dublin …

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Feb 24

“Walter Carpenter , Communist” – by D.R.O’Connor Lysaght

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Last year the East Wall History Group marked the 90th anniversary of the death of Walter Carpenter by erecting a plaque on the former family home on Caledon Road and launching an excellent book written by his Grand Daughter Ellen Galvin. To mark his anniversary this year , we are presenting this piece by D.R.O’Connor …

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Jun 11

1916 , local history and East Wall & North Wall schools

Three videos of some of the events at local schools during the 1916 centenary year . All produced by Eoin McDonnell , and features pupils from St Joseph’s Co-ed  East Wall and St Laurence O’Toole’s CBS Seville Place.     The local history groups involved can be contacted at :  eastwallhistory@gmail.com northdockpeople@gmail.com  

May 04

1916: The destruction of Liberty Hall & Walter Carpenter

Damages at Liberty Hall 1916

“For many years past, Liberty Hall has been a thorn in the side of the Dublin Police and the Irish Government. It was the centre of social anarchy, the brain of every riot and disturbance.”  - Irish Times 1916 During the week of the Easter Rising Liberty Hall was extensively damaged by British artillery. Some …

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Apr 25

Sean O’Casey and the fighting men of 1916

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These four watercolours by Sean O’Casey illustrate some of the uniforms worn by the fighting men of the 1916 Rising. O’Casey had been a founding member and secretary of the Irish Citizen Army in 1913 until he resigned in 1914. He was not a combatant in the Rising though he was caught up in the …

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Apr 10

The Lost Life of Paddy Lynch; GPO Garrison 1916

Battle Scarred building on Moore Lane

“I saw him being shot. He was not shot with his own gun. He was hit in the neck. It happened just outside the wall of O’Briens Mineral Water Factory in Moore Lane”.      The photo above shows a bullet riddled building on Moore Lane, a shocking indication of the ferocity of the fighting which …

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Mar 25

“Fighting and hoping” – James Connolly to Chris Caffrey , March 1916

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A fascinating piece of local and family memorabilia , with real historical significance . Signed “Yours , fighting and hoping , James Connolly” . The back of the photograph is really important , as it notes , “From J. Connolly  , to C.Caffrey , March 25th , 1916″. This was of course  just one month before the …

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Jan 31

1916 Rising Centenary – First local events for East Wall , North Strand and North Wall

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The first local events to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising are taking place on Friday 5th  & Saturday 6th February. Held in conjunction with the Gallery of Photography (Ireland ) there will be a great opportunity to have your photos , memorabilia and documents scanned and become part of the national heritage . …

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Jan 22

The 1916 Rising and the local area – January 2016 newsletter published

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The second edition of the North Dock Peoples History newsletter has been published .  Part of our programme of events and publications to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising , the newsletter is available in local schools , community facilities , some shops and will also be distributed door-to-door in some parts of the …

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