Arthur Geary, a former British soldier recalls the boat journey from Holyhead to Dublin after the Rising had begun. He was one of thousands of reinforcements sent to Dublin during Easter Week from England.
Although the soldiers were not told where they were being deployed to, Geary suspected that their destination was Ireland. As they were sailing nearer to the coast he describes seeing a glow over Dublin.
I would have said that Dublin was on fire because of this tremendous vivid colouring. This reddish glow… A ruddy glow in the sky and it was a big one.
As it turned out Arthur was right as he and his comrades soon landed in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire).
Arthur Geary was a member of the 59th 2nd North Midland Division.
Arthur Geary was interviewed for the television series 'Ireland A Television History', 26 June 1979. Photograph of British soldiers travelling to Dublin Easter Week 1916 courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum.