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Sunday 22 October 2017

'We captured a G-man dressed in woman's clothes'

Voices from The Rising

Prisoners being taken to Kilmainham Gaol
Prisoners being taken to Kilmainham Gaol

The following accounts of fighting around the Four Courts were later submitted by Volunteers to the Bureau of Military History.

Sixty-nine members of my company of about 200 paraded [on Easter Monday]. There were 15 in uniform
- Nicolas Laffan

It was a deserted city as I sneaked along from door to door, sitting down sometimes...I saw several dead bodies lying in the streets in the broiling sun. Two of them had sacks over them
- Mairead O'Kelly

During the day we captured a G-man who was going round our posts dressed in woman's clothes, spying out our position
- Nicolas Laffan

On Thursday we were shelled...For more than a minute after the shell burst in the room, I think we did not realise whether we were dead or alive...the room was full of dust, smoke and falling ceiling
- Cornelius O'Donovan

The rifle and machine gun fire from the enemy was so intense that to cross the room was certain death. The windows were so low and afforded so little protection from crossfire that I had to crawl across the floor
- Nicolas Laffan

It was ascertained that the surrender was unconditional, which put us all in a depressed state - knowing that we would meet with very little mercy from our old enemy. Nevertheless there was a feeling of pride
- John Shouldice

In spite of the seriousness of the situation the Volunteers generally were in very good spirits and insisted on singing and uttering cries like 'we'll rise again'
- Eamon Morkan

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