“The first clash with the British authorities took place on March 15th 1916”

BMHThe first clash with the British authorities took place on March 15th 1916, when we prevented the holding of a British recruiting meeting at Stuake. The members of the neighbouring Courtbrack Company were with us in this venture. When the car in which the speakers for the meeting arrived at the meeting place, the crowd gathered round. We were now ordered to “fall in” in the vicinity and, having formed up, we were marched between the car and the audience – surrounding the car. The Courtbrack Company arrived at this stage and took up positions with us. The crowd now scattered and the speakers only audience was our combined units of Volunteers and a few members of the R.I.C. There was no prospect of getting any recruits for the British army from this gathering, so the speakers for the British drove off without attempting to address us.
Bureau of Military History Testimony of Maurice Brew, 2nd Lieutenant, Donoughmore Company

“Early March, 1916, the Citizen Army held manoeuvres… the ominous word “rehearsal” was used”


About early March, 1916, the Citizen Army held manoeuvres and practised street fighting all one night in the Patrick St., Coombe, Francis St. area. A large force of detectives; and uniformed police were present all that night but took no action.

Next morning the detectives made their several individual reports and many of them described the night’s actions as “rehearsal of street fighting”. A central report was compiled and several copies were submitted in the usual manner to the various authorities in the Castle, viz, civil, military and police. Nobody appeared to attach any special importance to the night’s activities, although the ominous word “rehearsal” was used several times in the reports. It was just treated as another march of Volunteers and left at that.

Bureau of Military History testimony of Eamon Broy, I.R.A. Intelligence Agent, Dublin Castle, later Garda Siochana Commissioner