Sunday, 30 September 2012

The birth of the Irish Republic - scenes of horror and destruction inside the General Post Office on Sackville Street as the Irish rebels come under fire from the British army during the 1916 Easter Uprising
In the aftermath of the 1916 Uprising, British soldiers searched streets, buildings and even rivers in Dublin in search of rebel weapons. During this time our great grandparents the Whelans of Bolton Street had their house searched and an old rusty gun was discovered in the cellar. My great grandfather John Whelan was told to stand against the wall whilst the soldiers decided what to do, but fortunately they agreed the weapon was too ancient and decrepit to have been recently used during the uprising.


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