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March 21, 2018

Historic Photos of Dublin After the 1916 Easter Rising

On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, roughly 1,200 members of local republican groups, including the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army, took over strongholds in Dublin city centre and made the General Post Office their headquarters.

The British Army were initially caught off guard by the assault with only 1,268 troops in the city at the time but soon rallied and by the end of the week had a force of 16,000 men.

The Glasnevin Trust have said around 485 people were killed and 2,600 were wounded during the week of fighting. Approximately half of those killed were civilians - either people caught in the crossfire or shot by the British Army after being mistaken for rebels. The youngest person reported dead was a 22-month-old child and the oldest was 82.

Most of central Dublin was destroyed in the chaos with an estimated 200 city centre buildings damaged - costing around £3m at the time.

Abbey Street and Sackville Street (O'Connell Street) shelled, rubble remains. The tram passing by was numbered 244. The ads on the tram are for Donnelly's Bacon, Hudson's Super Soap and the Metropolitan Laundry. An ad for Bovil can just be made out on another tram. In the foreground, the bearded man (very nautical vibe) is considering a huge slab on the ground.

Skeleton of the Metropole Hotel. All that remained of the Metropole Hotel, beside the GPO on Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street), after the Easter Rising, 1916.

The shell of the G.P.O. on Sackville Street (later O'Connell Street), Dublin in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising.

Linenhall Barracks, Dublin. Men surveying the wreckage of Linenhall Barracks in the aftermath of the Easter Rising in Dublin.

The remains of the Dublin Bread Company at 6-7 Lower Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) after the Easter Rising in 1916.

Abbey Street corner, Hibernian Bank shelled. The Hibernian Bank facade on the corner of Abbey St. and O'Connell street stands in the midst of the destruction wrought during the Rising!

(Photos: National Library of Ireland)


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