History, Living History — Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:28
Monday, August 22, 2011 7:08
In the Old Chapel graveyard there is a family plot belonging to the O’Hare family. It is close to the spot where my wife’s family is interred. When we would go to visit that grave…
Thursday, August 4, 2011 13:58
Confusion, after the calling-off of ‘manoeuvres’ by the Irish Volunteers leader Eoin McNeill, and the subsequent lack of manpower on that Easter Monday caused great confusion and consternation in the implementation of Plunkett’s IRB insurrection plans of 1916.
Friday, June 17, 2011 9:38
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Patrick RankinEarly in July 1916 some Volunteers from both North and South Camps were taken under escort to a nearby railway station. About 10.30 am some one hundred men were boarded, bound for London.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 19:48
There were proper English soldiers from an adjoining camp who were occasionally sent as guards to watch over us. They became friendly with our men and often took letters to pass on for them.
Friday, June 10, 2011 9:18
The sentries were mostly over-age for war work. They carried shotguns. At night you could hear them call out each hour: ‘Number One. All is well!’
Saturday, May 28, 2011 19:06
It was, of course, at Frongach Internment Camp, Wales that Michael Collins made his preparations for the coming campaign, disciplining his men, plotting and planning the War of Independence that would inevitably follow. Rankin was to take his part. In his memoirs however, he does not detail this, closing with his final release and return to Newry.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 19:46
Meanwhile, other incidents of greater or lesser import were being enacted across the city of Dublin and elsewhere.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:59
We had a black market going inside prison, thanks to corrupt warders. Our men would give two shillings to a warder, and he would smuggle in one shilling’s worth of food etc. I didn’t get to share in this bonanza until our solitary confinement (i.e. that of we fourteen ‘pilgrims’) was over …
Sunday, May 22, 2011 19:10
While we were in solitary confinement, our breakfast, consisting of cocoa and one small piece of dark bread, was served at 7.30 am by our own volunteers.