The Battle of Mount Street Bridge, Dublin, 1916

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The Battle of Mount Street Bridge, Dublin, 1916

Berichtdoor Tandorini » 04 maart 2012, 20:58

Dublin, Ireland is very far from the killing fields of the Western Front. Yet it was here in the spring of 1916 that thousands of British soldiers found themselves in action in what was then considered the second city of the British Empire. The graveyards of Dublin hold the remains of a number of those that fell in action, their neglected and often forgotten gravestones reminders of a turbulent past and a fallen generation.

On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, Patrick Pearse, a schoolteacher and commander of the Irish Volunteers, read the proclamation of the Irish Republic from the steps of the General Post Office in Sackville Street, Dublin. As this event was unfolding battalions of Irish Volunteers were occupying strategically located positions throughout Dublin city in order to defend the newly declared republic. Earlier that morning, one of those battalions, under the command of Commandant Eamon de Valera, occupied their designated position, Boland's Bakery in Ballsbridge, Dublin.


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