“Luckily For Us Someone Told Headquarters”

After evacuating the General Post Office on the evening of Friday 28 April, the Headquarters garrison took over a number of tenement houses in Moore Street.

Joseph Sweeney found some of his comrades discussing whether to cook some eggs that they had found or eat them raw. Voting to cook the eggs, they started a fire.

As soon as the fire started somebody lobbed a rifle grenade down on top of us and that put an end to the cooking.

That evening Sweeney was chosen to take part in an assault on a barricade at the top of Moore Street. The barricade was heavily guarded by the British military.

The idea was we’d go out onto O’Rahilly Parade, dart round the corner and try to rush the barricade at the top.

Before they set off on their mission word was sent to Pearse and the other leaders who cancelled the proposed attack.

Joseph Sweeney was a member of ‘E’ Company, 4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.


Joseph Sweeney was interviewed for the television series 'Ireland A Television History' in 1979.

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