Easter Week Timeline: Thursday April 27, 1916

A timeline of events during Easter Week in 1916.


JamesConnolly_large.jpgThursday April 27, 1916 

Irish Volunteers take over Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, occupying the Athenaeum and hoisting the Republican flag.

Throughout the morning, British shells continued to be fired on Dublin city centre. 

James Connolly was wounded in the ankle after going out to inspect rebel positions, and struggled to make it back to headquarters in the GPO on Sackville Street.

Cathal Brugha

In the afternoon, future Dáil Éireann Defence Minister Cathal Brugha was wounded badly at the South Dublin Union garrison which was under the leadership of Éamonn Ceannt. The fighting in the hospital had come down to close-quarter combat between rebels and soldiers. However, the area was largely left by British military forces on Thursday night as they focused efforts on fighting in other parts of the city.

Back in the GPO, a manifesto aimed at lifting spirits of his fellow rebels was dictated by the wounded James Connolly to his aide Winifred Carney. A British army doctor taken prisoner was helping to treat the injured signatory to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

With military reinforcements shoring up defences around Trinity College Dublin, communication and movement between rebel garrisons was made all the more difficult. From positions on the campus at the end of Grafton Street, and with sightlines towards Sackville Street, it was impossible for the insurgents to move arms, messages or people to or from the GPO headquarters of Connolly and Pearse.

10 pm

On Thursday night, British soldiers also began invading the north inner city where the Volunteers under command of Tom Clarke’s brother-in-law Ned Daly had offered fierce resistance all week. The military effort involved efforts to occupy houses, leading to the shooting and killling of several uninvolved civilians in the North King Street area.

Casualties of the British Army 59th division casualties by Thursday night are: four officers killed and 15 wounded; other ranks – 11 killed, 108 wounded, 101 missing.

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