Uncommon Valour: 1916 & The Battle for the South Dublin Union

Uncommon Valour: 1916 & The Battle for the South Dublin Union

by Paul O'Brien


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Easter Monday, 1916: Éamonn Ceannt and 120 men of the 4th Battalion of the Irish Volunteers occupied the South Dublin Union, a workhouse and hospital spread over fifty-two acres near James's Street, Dublin. This was the beginning of a week-long bloody engagement with British crown forces as part of the 1916 Rising.

Uncommon Valour is a detailed account of the events that took place within the South Dublin Union which resulted in two major battles and a number of violent skirmishes. Attacked by troops of the Royal Irish Regiment and the Sherwood Foresters, the beleaguered Irish Volunteers fought a desperate campaign against overwhelming odds to defend their newly declared Republic. The action occurred in the complex now known as St James's Hospital, where Éamonn Ceannt, Cathal Brugha and William T. Cosgrave led the small group of Irish Volunteers who held off the might of the British army, surrendering only when ordered to by the Rising's leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856356541
Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date: 06/20/2010
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11

Foreword 13

Chapter 1 Easter Monday, Morning 19

Chapter 2 Easter Monday, Noon 29

Chapter 3 Easter Monday, Afternoon 40

Chapter 4 Easter Monday, Evening 49

Chapter 5 Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 April 56

Chapter 6 Thursday 27 April, Morning 68

Chapter 7 Thursday 27 April, Early Afternoon 72

Chapter 8 Thursday 27 April, The Final Hours 86

Chapter 9 Intermission 95

Chapter 10 Surrender 100

Chapter 11 May 1916 106

Chapter 12 Murder and Mayhem at the Guinness Brewery? 114

Chapter 13 Aftermath 122

Chapter 14 April 1916: Military Success and Military Failure 133

Epilogue 143

Endnotes 147

Index 153

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