Did you know that one of the bloodiest battles of the 1916 Easter Rising took place in Dublin 4?
My tour offers a unique insight into the events that occured in the Dublin 4 locality during the 1916 Easter Rising.
On the 24th of April 1916, Padraig Pearse, having taken over the General Post Office by force in Dublin's Sackville Street, (now o' Connell Street), read Poblacht na hEireann (Proclamation of the Irish Republic) from the steps outside of the building. At the same time other groups of rebel volunteers occupied strategic buildings in several locations in the Dublin area, and Dublin 4 was the site of one of the fiercest battles of the rebellion.
Key buildings were occupied by Irish rebels in this area as it was predicted that reinforcing British troops who had landed at the port of Kingstown, (now Dunlaoighre), would pass through the area on their march towards the city centre. The prediction proved correct, and what followed the arrival of these troops was labelled an Irish Thermopylae as a small band of Irish volunteers inflicted heavy casualties on the mighty forces of the British army. This encounter was centred around an early 19th century British army barracks, two large Georgian houses, a small schoolhouse, a parochial hall, a bridge, and a local bakery. The walking tour takes visitors step by step to each of these buildings and recounts the military events as they unfolded in what was once a leafy suburb of the second city of the British Empire.
This tour gives a view of the insurrection from both the Irish and British perspectives, and looks at the mood of the population in the immediate aftermath of the ill-fated rebellion, and how it had changed after the execution by firing squad of the leaders of the rebellion. Almost six years later, following a prolonged War of Independence, the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty gave partial independence to the Irish Free State.
My name is Terry and I have lived in the Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, locality for over forty years. I trained as a tour guide while undertaking a year long Level 5 Certificate in Culture and Heritage Studies in 2012. A module of the course involved presenting a local history project and I chose the historic Dublin 4 area for my project. I was amazed at the amount of facinating history that the area revealed on close research, and I sucessfully completed the project. I was later invited by the local residents association to compile a local history booklet which will be printed and distributed to all schools and residents in the local area in 2015. I am married to Marie and we have two children Rachael 16, and James 13. We have lived in the Dublin 4 area for the past 26 years, and we love the amenities and the history that the locality has to offfer not only to ourselves, but also to the multitudes of international tourists that choose to stay in our local hotels. Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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