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Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Walking Tour

11:30 - 12:15

Collins Barracks (Front Arch Assembly.)

‘Fall the men in – there is trouble at the Castle!’

It was a normal working day for the men of the 10th Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers on Easter Monday 1916. The Battalion was newly raised as part of the War Effort and the officers and men had a lot to learn before taking their place in the line on the Western Front. Part of the training programme for the day was the use of explosives in trench warfare. Very shortly however these wartime volunteers would soon find themselves testing their skills against another group of volunteers. For barely 700metres away another group of Irishmen were planning on putting their military training into use by raising Rebellion! Under the leadership of their captain Sean Heuston these men, drawn from the membership of the Irish Volunteers, would seize the Mendicity Institute according to a plan drawn up by James Connolly, military commander of the Rebellion.

As we commemorate that momentous event in Irish History join us as we tell the story and cover some of the ground where these two groups met that fateful Easter Monday in 1916.

Route: Collins Barracks – The ‘Esplanade’ – Ellis Quay – Liam Mellows Bridge – Ushers Quay.

End point: The Mendicity Institute.

Duration: 45 mins


Photograph of  The Dublin Fusiliers courtesy of Capuchin Archives


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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