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Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Connolly was probably drugged and almost dead'

Voices from The Rising

James Connolly
James Connolly

A NUMBER of those present in Kilmainham Gaol at the time of the executions gave these accounts to the Bureau of Military History.

It was obvious there would be great difficulty in getting sufficient legal evidence to pin any particular offence against any particular person
- Alfred Bucknill, Deputy Judge Advocate General

I met [Sean MacDermott]... on his way to Kilmainham to be executed. He put his arms around me and bade me goodbye. I heard the shots in the early morning
- Denis McCullough

I heard the confessions of Pearse and MacDonagh and gave them both Holy Communion. They spent the time at their disposal in prayer. They were happy - no trace of fear or anxiety
- Fr Aloysius, Capuchin friar

Each firing party had 12 men, and the executions took place at 3.45am...Every arrangement was made to get the relatives to the gaol on the night before the executions, and a priest was always in attendance at the execution and burial
- Alfred Bucknill

[McDermott] spoke fairly bitterly about the Church and Fenians...There was not any regret for the Rising
- Fr Paddy Browne

A soldier told me that Major MacBride had refused the blindfold, stating that he was not afraid, as he had been looking down the barrels of rifles all his life
- Seamus Kavanagh

[Connolly] was probably drugged and almost dead. He was not able to sit upright in the chair...When they shot him, the whole back of the chair was blown out
- Robert Barton, Royal Dublin Fusilier

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