“Being So Young They Didn’t Mind Me Very Much”

Dick Gogan was only sixteen years old when he took part in the Easter Rising. He fought at Cabra Bridge and then made his way to the GPO where he was posted on the top floor of the building.

Recalling the surrender of the Headquarters garrison Gogan states that they were abused by many people as they were being marched to Richmond Barracks.

On reaching the barracks the men were divided into groups and held in separate rooms. Gogan was held with Seán MacDiarmada and a number of younger men including Tom Devine and Roddy Connolly. He recalls that MacDiarmada.

Gave recitation on Brian Boru’s address to his troops at the battle of Clontarf.

On account of his age Gogan and many of the younger boys were soon released from Richmond Barracks.

Dick Gogan was a member of ‘B’ Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.

 


Dick Gogan was interviewed for the television series 'Ireland A Television History' in 1979.

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