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“I Only Brought The Tea And The Ginger Snaps”

This unnamed civilian was only thirteen years old at the time of the Easter Rising. He recalls that he was at Nelson’s Pillar and saw the Citizen Army take over the GPO. Soon after he heard the sound of glass breaking, someone had smashed the window of Noblett’s Sweet Shop on the corner of North Earl Street and O’Connell Street.

We all scrambled into it.

In Noblett’s he took toffee, which usually came in big slabs. He then went to a Chemist’s nearby as what he really wanted was some liquorice.

That’s all I was looking for, liquorice.

After a while he made his way into the B & I buildings on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and had a great time sliding down the chutes. He then decided to go home to South Dock Street, armed with his loot which consisted of a sack full of tea and ginger snap biscuits. He did not bring the toffee or liquorice home to his mother.

This unnamed civilian was interviewed for the RTÉ Radio programme 'Yesterdays', broadcast on 17 January 1969. Photograph of Noblett's Wholesale Confectioner, Murtagh Collection courtesy of RTÉ Archives.


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