Rising in the Regions: How many Irish Volunteers marched on Easter Sunday?

Who Marched Where in Cork on Easter Sunday 1916

By Niall Murray, Irish Examiner

 

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As the nation remembers the momentous historic events in Dublin throughout 1916, it is important that we should not forget those that also occurred around the country during the same pivotal period.

For while the violence was mostly restricted to the capital, thousands of members of Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and other organisations frustratingly awaited orders to take up arms, as news of the Rising reached the provinces.

The table below illustrates just how many Irish Volunteers participated in the Easter Rising as planned, awaiting orders from the Military Council in Dublin to rise in their region.

 

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One obvious restriction for the rebels is the distribution and availability of weapons and ammunition. However the overall total of men parading – over 1500 – is a striking footnote to those who would argue that the Irish Rebellion was confined to a minority in the capital.

 

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