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The Capuchin friars at Church Street Dublin administered the last rights to the rebels. Read the recollections of Fr Albert and other first hand accounts of the events that shaped modern Irish history by some of the men and women who played an active part in the Rising and the War of Independence.
Image of Martin Walton "...I remember Thomas MacDonagh taking our names in case we were shot..."
Martin Walton was 15 when he joined the volunteers just three weeks before the Rising.
Read his account
"...You could see the bullets knocking the dust up around his feet..." Image of the Starry Plough
 
Joseph Sweeney was on sniper duty at the GPO during the Easter Rising.
Read his account
Image of the Four Courts "...and we went...the sniping going on around us and the big gun booming in the bay..."
Cumann na mBan member Brighid Lyons Thornton volunteered for risky assignments during the Rising.
Read her account
"...Anybody who put his foot out of line got a whack of rifle butt..." Image of prisoners arriving at Kilmainham Gaol
 
Volunteer sniper Joseph Sweeney recalls the humiliation of surrender.
Read his account
Image of Tom Clarke "...I never felt so desolate in my whole life as I did after that..."
Brighid Lyons Thornton never forgot the volley of shots that rang out at each execution.
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"...The whole thing was blazing, roaring. It was shocking..." Image of inside Kilmainham Gaol
 
Sean Harling was a volunteer during the Easter Rising.
Read his account
Image of the GPO "...if you said you had been out in Easter Week, one of their family was liable to shoot you..."
Martin Walton recalls how they prepared for guerrilla war after the Rising.
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"...Riddled with bullets. Wouldn't one bullet have been enough?..." Image of Michael Collins
 
David Neligan was an IRA volunteer during the War of Independence.
Read his account
Image of an IRA Flying Column "...every bone in their body body was broken before they were shot through the head..."
John O’Sullivan was an IRA volunteer who had to assist in the execution of two British soldiers.
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"...He was perfectly calm and said with me for the last time My Jesus, mercy..." Image of Fr Albert O.F.M. Cap.
 
Sean Heuston was the youngest of the rebels to be executed. His confessor, Fr Albert, recalls his last hours.
Read his account
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