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The Dead of the Irish Revolution$
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Eunan O'Halpin and Daithi O Corrain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300123821

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300123821.001.0001

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The Dead of the Irish Revolution

Eunan O’Halpin

Daithí Ó Corráin

Yale University Press

This chapter details the deaths of the people who died in Ireland in 1916. These include the deaths of wireless operator Cornelius Keating, mechanic Charles Monaghan, and bookkeeper Daniel Sheehan, who planned to set up a radio transmitter at Ballyard, Tralee, using equipment stolen from the Atlantic College. The intention apparently was to contact the German arms ship Aud, although in fact it did not have a radio. Alternatively, the plan may have been to radio the German submarine U-19. Keating, Monaghan, and Sheehan drowned when their car drove straight off the Ballykissane Pier, overturning in the water. Another death is that of Constable James O'Brien; unarmed, he was on duty at the Cork Hill entrance to the upper yard of Dublin Castle. On April 24, 1916, the castle was attacked by the Irish Citizen Army, under the command of Seán Connolly. Hit in the head, O'Brien was the first fatality shot in the 1916 Rising.

Keywords:   deaths, Ireland, radio transmitter, Atlantic College, German arms ship, German submarine, constable, Dublin Castle, Irish Citizen Army, 1916 Rising

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