- Sackville Street in flames.....taken
by a 'Daily Sketch' photographer under fire
Thursday night saw continuous shelling of O Connell Street
while at the same time the cordon around the Four Courts and
the GPO gradually tightened. By Friday morning much of the GPO
is on fire and sections of the roof are collapsing. It is obvious
to the rebels inside that they will have to evacuate the building.
One plan being considered is to tunnel through adjoining buildings
and join up with the Four Courts garrison. However, this is not
possible because of the worsening military situation.
A column outside the GPO today showing
Eventually it is decided to try to
escape via Henry Street and establish a new headquarters somewhere
near here. The narrow streets around Henry Street and Moore Street
are filled with smoke from the burning buildings. There is a
great deal of confusion. In addition, nobody is quite sure exactly
where the British military cordon is. Several groups of rebels
try to make their way down Henry Street but come under heavy
fire. One of the casualties is The O Rahilly who had come to
Liberty Hall on Easter Monday.
- The GPO and Henry Street pictured
- Pearse and Connolly are in the last group to leave the GPO.
Because of his injuries, Connolly is carried on a stretcher.
They find shelter in a grocer's shop at the corner of Henry Place
and Moore Street. Included in this group is Nurse Elizabeth O
Farrell who later plays a key role in the surrender of the rebels.
- Unknown to the rebels, General Sir John Maxwell arrives in
Dublin from England at 2 pm that day. He now takes over command
and issues a proclamation promising tough action against the
rebels. The military are unaware that the GPO has been abandoned
and continue their attacks on the building. By Friday night the
GPO is nothing more than a shell.
- The GPO photographed immediately
after the rising.
Fierce street fighting continues especially in the North King's
Street area as the military begin to close the cordon. With the
increased military pressure, many rebels take to the roofs and
operate as snipers. Moving from building to building, they are
able to strike at will and prove difficult targets for the military.
- *Mary Louisa Hamilton
Norway staying in the Hibernian Hotel in Dawson Street wrote
danger from snipers.
about lunchtime a horrid machine-gun suddenly gave voice near
us. We thought it was in this street, but it may have been in
Kildare Street; also the sniper reappeared on the roofs, and
this afternoon was opposite my bedroom window judging from the
sound. I pulled down my blinds. A man might hide for weeks on
the roofs of these houses among the chimney stacks and never
be found as long as he had access to some house for food. When
we were working in my room this afternoon he fired some shots
that could have not been more than twenty yards away."
Louisa Hamilton Norway The Sinn Fein Rebellion as I saw it
- Even when the
rebels had abandoned the GPO the military kept firing at the
building - what does this tell us about their knowledge of what
was going on inside the GPO?
- What dangers
did the rebels face in trying to escape from the GPO?
- What dangers
did snipers pose to civilians and the military?
- At this stage,
was there any doubt about the military outcome of the rising?
- To Do
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