Monday, May 9, 2011
Photo of the Day
I happened to find myself last week on the 5th floor of a city center building where I managed to snap this photograph. If I were looking at this exact view 95 yeas ago this week what I would have seen would be a ferocious firefight between the Irish Citizen Army (James Connolly's militant trade unionists who participated in the 1916 Rising) and the British Army. On the morning the Rising began, the ICA occupied City Hall, the building on the right of the picture with the green dome. They did not make a serious attempt to take Dublin Castle, the large building in the center. The rebels assumed the castle would be heavily guarded and since they were short of numbers due to the Risings last minute cancellation by Eoin MacNeil (it's a very long story) it was decided against attempting to seize Dublin Castle, the building which the British had administered Ireland from for 700 years. Unknown to the rebels however was the fact that on Easter morning 1916 there were only approximately ten armed men in the castle. Once the castle was reinforced by soldiers from the Royal Barracks (now Collins barracks) an intense battle began between the two positions which were close enough to each other to hurl grenades at. However with superior weaponry, particularly machine guns the British managed to clear city hall of rebels after about 36 hours of fighting. It was the first building occupied by the rebels to be taken by the British.