Co. Clare: “Men endeavoured to force stores of Ellen Caslys house Cahersherkin”

Post Office Telegram

SB HB

Service Instructions: OHMS

From: Ennistymon

To: U.S. D Castle

Sent: 8.15pm

Received: 8.45pm

Men endeavoured to force stores of Ellen Caslys house Cahersherkin in sub district of Ennistymon about midnight last night demanding a gun from her son Thomas who replied by firing a shot through the back door at attacking party. I cannot say if any of them were wounded. They also broke 3 panes in a window […] robbery of arms.

No arrests.

DI Ennistymon

“Could any military be got to occupy the Barrack before the Sinn Feiners take it”

Dublin Metropolitan Police Telephone

Green St Station of Origin Date 26 4 1916 Received at 7.40pm Sent at 7.45pm

From Supt D To Chief Comm

Staff Sergt O’Reilly in charge of Manor St DMP Barrack has received information that Sinn Feiners are to take Manor St BK tonight as it has a commanding view of that neighbourhood. Could any military be got to occupy the Barrack before the Sinn Feiners take it.

Copied to Sir Matthew. Sent by hand to garrison & H Qrs could not be had on phone: Garrison informed.

“The following troops will leave Liverpool tomorrow for Kingstown”

To Sir Matthew Nathan            April 26th 1916

I have just shown your wire to the Prime Minister and took instructions to General French from him with the following result. The following troops will leave Liverpool tomorrow for Kingstown. 1 Field Artillery Brigade, 1 Infantry Brigade, 1 Field Company RE Division, 1 Squadron and Divisional Headquarters. The remainder of the Division will be concentrated at Liverpool and will be sent off as the situation demands and as transports become available. Kindly inform General Friend of these arrangements. The Prime Minister wishes the wire here to be kept open during the night and I have arranged accordingly.

POWER

To Prime Minister: “GPO… troops are being concentrated for its envelopment”

Private Secretary to Prime Minister April 26th

The Sinn Fein position round GPO has not yet been attacked but troops are being concentrated for its envelopment. House to house fighting is necessarily slow and the troops from England who are all now landed had to overcome a good deal of opposition of this sort on road from Kingstown. GOC fully appreciates necessity for disposing of Dublin situation as quickly as possible in view of Sinn Fein movements in Clare and Galway whence a considerable hostile body are reported to be marching on Athlone. There has also been some small movement in Louth but latest reports from other counties represent things as normal in them. GOC has asked for further brigade from England and I trust it will be possible to send this without delay to end present intolerable position.

NATHAN

“A machine gun is engaged just now at Jacobs by military”: 7.07pm

Dublin Metropolitan Police Telephone

Kevin St Station of Origin Date 26 4 1916 Received at 7.05pm Sent at 7.07pm

From Supt A To Chief Supt

A machine gun is engaged just now at Jacobs by military if volunteers are beaten out of Jacobs they will come out by the tenements in Bride St, and occupy the New Play Centre & Iveagh House.

Pse take steps to have a party of military on Bridge St side to intercept them in their flight.

“Preparative measures taken for attack on Sinn Fein position in Sackville Street”

From NATHAN to BIRRELL April 26th

No considerable advance has been made in Dublin. Some preparative measures taken for attack on Sinn Fein position in Sackville Street for which troops are being concentrated. Some of those from England are at Kings Bridge and some held up for a time near Ballsbridge have overcome resistance there. Two battalions arrived from England this afternoon on their way from Kingstown.

As regard rest of country most serious reports is that 1500 Sinn Feiners from Athenry marching on Athlone. General Officers informed but cannot spare troops till Dublin dealt with.

“There are all sorts of rumours amongst the mountains. Masses of men marching”

It was dark night when I left Meagher’s house of Anfield that Easter Wednesday night and I took the road to Upperchurch and on to Milestone amid the mountains. I carried no bicycle lamp for obvious reasons and I had difficulty sometimes in finding my way. I had to get down a gulley to get a drink in mountain stream, as I had been taking Oxo tablets which Mrs. McCann had given me earlier in the day to aid me on the night journey and, as a result, I was very thirsty. When I reached Milestone I saw a light in the publichouse there and I knocked. A man came to the door and lasked if there was any chance he would make a cup of tea for me and that I would pay for it. He asked me in, saying “I will make the tea, but there will be no payment. What is the news? You are on some mission”. “Do you know me?” I said. “Certainly I do, you are Eamon O’Dwyer and I am Jim Condon, one of the people of this publichouse”. “Yes, I am on a mission all right” I said. “Where do you stand, are you a member of the Irish Volunteers?”

“Certainly”, he said. “There are all sorts of rumours amongst the mountains. Masses of men marching everywhere”. “Well, I hope it is true” I said. “I don’t know”, he replied.
“Suppose Tipperary is deciding to fight, could you get anything done here?” I asked. “Certainly, I can” he said, “there is a bunch of fellows will come out here”. I said, “in that case we will give you word sometime tomorrow and Kinane will send a dispatch courier to you”. So I drank the tea and bade goodbye to Jim Condon and I took the road to Newport
on the other side of the mountains….

Bureau of Military History testimony of Eamon O’Duibhir, Tipperary County Centre of Irish Republican Brotherhood