Scenes in Dublin after the suppression of the Easter Rising

Scenes in Dublin after the suppression of the Easter Rising

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Martial law was imposed during the rising and these clips show troops occupying central Dublin. Of particular interest are: Michael O'Rahilly's car in Henry Street ('The O'Rahilly', a prominent Volunteer, was killed in the last battle in Moore Street); close shots of the GPO (including the interior where Pearse and Connolly directed the rebellion); and the ruined Metropole Hotel adjacent to it. Sackville Street was still the official name for O'Connell Street. The rising lasted for several days before the leaders surrendered to British forces. A total of fifteen of the nationalist leaders were subsequently executed, and some 3,000 were interned.


This item is catalogued on the British Universities' Newsreel Database as 'The Dublin Rebellion'.

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Scenes in Dublin after the suppression of the Easter Rebellion.The Dublin Rebellion. Exclusive pictures of the scene of the fighting in Dublin. 'River Liffey and Embankment, British Troops and Artillery Marching through the streets of Dublin. Soldiers on guard over a ruined building.' HA pan over O'Connell Bridge and the street beyond showing the ruined buldings between the bridge and Nelson's Pillar. LS along the Liffey and the embankment. Soldiers with shouldered arms march past smouldering ruins. Artillery limbers and wagons pass by. MS of shattered buildings - locals stand about surveying the debris. MS past a pile of rubble and a toppled street lamp to a passing column of troops. Soldiers with fixed bayonets guard a still-smoking ruin. LS of municipal building overlooking the Liffey. 'The Post Office and Metropole Hotel after the battle, the interior of the Post Office which is completely gutted. Sackville St ruins.' Ruins of the Metropole Hotel and pan left to Post Office building. MS interior of the gutted Post Office - a few men wander about in the wreckage. A fire engine ladder is extended up into the ruins. A group of labourers start to break up debris in still smouldering interior. 'A street barricade, batches of rebels being marched off to the Quay, one of the looted shops, soldiers on guard having their meals in the street.' MS of smashed windows, the frames partially filled with sandbags. A soldiers stands by a low barricade made from planks and a ladder laid across a street. Detachment of soldiers marches by followed by a Red Cross wagon - visible within the ranks of soldiers are a few prisioners. MS of the smashed window of a looted shop - the remains of the window writing suggest it may have sold sweets - a crowd mill about in the foreground. Three soldiers it on the pavement eating - one drinks from his canteen.' Source: Imperial War Museum Film Catalogue, vol 1 The First World War Archive. Roger Smither (ed), England, Flicks Books, 1993, pp 464.


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