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Eamonn Ceannt

By Jim FitzPatrick

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Ceannt used a contingent at the MarrowBone Lane Distillery to enfilade the passing soldiers; grinding attacks broke through to the Women’s Infirmary. On Tuesday 25 April, the British could have closed off the battle, but failed to press home the advantage when the 4th Royal Dublin Fusiliers arrived, and Ceannt continued to hold out with 20 times fewer men. On Thursday 27 April, a British battalion made south, as far as the Rialto Bridge, when Ceannt’s outposts opened fire. The British were forced to tunnel into the buildings and, as Ceannt’s numbers reduced, it was increasingly involved in close quarter fighting. His unit saw intense fighting at times during the week, but surrendered when ordered to do so by his superior officer Padraic Pearse.

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