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By Mick O'Farrell

A choice of interesting and strange info from one of many largest occasions in Irish heritage. The 1916 emerging used to be Ireland's first step at the highway to independence, yet even those that understand very much approximately it can no longer comprehend that there have been transitority ceasefires round St Stephen's eco-friendly to permit the park-keeper to feed the Green's geese. Few recognize that the 1st pictures of the emerging have been truly fired close to Portlaoise or certainly that either side issued receipts: the rebels for nutrition, the British for rebels! 50 stuff you did not learn about 1916 good points excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written by way of a civilian, and one written lower than hearth through a member of the Jacob's manufacturing facility garrison. It additionally tells the tale of the way the British army shelled the routes into Galway urban to disperse rebels lower than the command of Liam Mellows, and the way the officer who took Pearse's quit went directly to develop into a Hollywood star.50 issues is a treasure trove of data that may appeal...

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The rebels, however, had no idea if their message was being picked up, because they couldn’t get any receiving equipment to work. But this Fact doesn’t end there – while the story of the first ever radio news broadcast isn’t very widely known, what’s even less widely known is that the rebels’ broadcast was actually intercepted, apparently by several receivers. From one ship which did intercept the broadcast, however, there was no chance of the rebel message being relayed to the American press, because that ship was the British warship HMS Adventure, anchored at Dun Laoghaire and being used as a relay station for messages between Dublin and London.

12. A ceasefire for ducks One of the first acts by the Irish Citizen Army in the Rising was to occupy St Stephen’s Green, a strategically important location because a number of main routes into the city crossed through, or near, the Green. So, along with a number of Volunteers, the ICA marched up Grafton Street, entered the park, ordered civilians to leave and took prisoner any off-duty soldiers unlucky enough to be present. However, with so many large buildings overlooking the Green (including the Shelbourne Hotel) and not enough men to occupy a useful number of them, the rebels’ position in the Green rapidly became untenable.

C. ’26 14. Rebels on bicycles Movement around the city of Dublin was difficult under fire, and no doubt it seemed a good idea to present a faster-moving target through the use of bicycles. These were employed for carrying dispatches and for ‘hit and run’ sorties. However, despite the advantage of increased speed, in at least two instances, bands of rebels travelling on bicycles met with fatal results. On the first day of the rebellion, three rebel cyclists were fired on by Anzac marksmen, as they passed Trinity College, and two were hit.

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