“I Would Like You To Behave As Soldiers To The End”

Volunteer James Coughlan fought in the Nurses Home in the South Dublin Union. On Sunday Commandant Éamonn Ceannt gathered his men together in the Nurses Home and told them of the surrender. Although he would follow orders he told the men that they did not have to surrender and could escape if they wished.

The garrison were marched to Bride Street where they laid down their arms. Ceannt and his men were taken to Richmond Barracks and the following day were brought to the gymnasium for identification.

The Commandant and others were identified first and segregated from us by the ‘G’ Men, the plain clothes secret police at that time.

It was the last time Coughlan saw his Commanding Officer. Éamonn Ceannt was executed on 8 May in Kilmainham Gaol. He was thirty-five years old.

James Coughlan was a member of ‘C’ Company, 4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.


James Coughlan was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 16 January 1966.

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