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“What was Wanted Was The Perfection Of Soldierly Bearing”

Richard Mulcahy fought in Ashbourne during the Rising and was second-in-command to Thomas Ashe. On receiving the order to surrender on Sunday 30 April, it was arranged for Mulcahy to visit Patrick Pearse who was incarcerated in Arbour Hill Prison.

On seeing his Commander in Chief in his prison cell, Mulcahy requested to see Pearse alone. The request was denied. Mulcahy realised that at that moment he had to act accordingly. He states that.

Saluting Pearse I produced the order to surrender and gave it to him and asked him if that was his order.

Pearse confirmed it was indeed his order.

Richard Mulcahy was 1st Lieutenant, ‘C’ Company, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.

Richard Mulcahy was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 23 January 1966.


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