26/4/1916 Bloody fighting in Dublin

In Dublin the Irish rebels are increasingly embattled. The British have declared martial law and are rushing troops into the city from the rest of the country and across the sea from England. They have established a cordon around the rebels and driven a wedge through the city centre that cuts off the rebel headquarters on Sackville Street from outlying positions. Rebel positions near the train station at Kingsbridge have been recaptured.

Elements of the Irish Citizen Army occupied the St Stephen’s Green park on the southside of the city, digging trenches around its perimeter. Since then British troops have occupied buildings overlooking the Green, firing down on the rebels and forcing them to retreat to the nearby Royal College of Surgeons. From there the rebels exchange fire with the British, but twice a day a ceasefire is observed so that park keepers can feed the ducks.

Tough fighting continues in other areas. The British are not having much success at the South Dublin Union, where rebels are holding out in the labyrinthine complex of buildings. The rebels’ greatest triumph however is achieved by a handful of men defending Mount Street Bridge on the south east of the city centre. British troops have landed in Kingstown and are marching towards the city centre. As they approach Mount Street Bridge, they find themselves caught in a murderous crossfire. The British stage a series of suicidal frontal assaults on the rebels and take horrendous casualties.

It takes the British five hours to secure Mount Street Bridge. By that stage the attacking force has taken some 234 casualties. All their officers have been either killed or injured. The street reportedly run with blood and are littered with dead or wounded British soldiers. In the fighting here four rebels are killed and four captured.
The crossroads of death

Experience the Battle of Mount Street Bridge

image sources:

map (National Library of Ireland)

Approaching Mount Street Bridge today (from my own recent photographs of 1916 Rising sites and commemorative events; the Mount Street Bridge area is remarkably unchanged from its time a 100 years ago)

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