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Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke & Dr Mary Clark Dublin City Archivist where the Lord Mayor received the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance log book which details its activities during the Easter Rising, April 24th- 29th 1916 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke & Dr Mary Clark Dublin City Archivist where the Lord Mayor received the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance log book which details its activities during the Easter Rising, April 24th- 29th 1916 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke & Dr Mary Clark Dublin City Archivist where the Lord Mayor received the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance log book which details its activities during the Easter Rising, April 24th- 29th 1916 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A logbook detailing the thousands of wounded civilians the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service helped during the 1916 Rising has been acquired by the city council.

The logbook, which was bought at auction, tells of the 254 fatally wounded and 2,217 injured civilians the ambulance service cared for over the course of six hectic days.

It also offers a first-hand account of what the first responders from Tara Street fire station witnessed.

The book tells how children were injured by shrapnel and men were treated for gunshot wounds, and conveys the sheer volume of casualties the service had to deal with between April 24 and 29, 1916.

It only accounts for civilian and military victims, as the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army both had a nurse assigned to each garrison.

The first civilian casualty the service tended to was John Reilly of Rathfarnham, who was collected in Abbey Street with a "wounded stomach".

Lord Mayor Christy Burke said yesterday that it was a proud and emotional day for the city, and spoke of the importance of preserving such an important document.

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"I am delighted that Dublin City Council has obtained this important contemporary record of the 1916 Rising," he said.

"It records the bravery of those who staffed the ambulance and fire brigade services, continuing to look after the public even under fire."

The book will be displayed in the City Library and Archive in Pearse Street.

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