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“Make Sure Every Shot Counts”

Shortly after twelve o’clock on Easter Monday a small party of the Irish Citizen Army occupied Davy’s public house at Portobello bridge. Sergeant Joseph Doyle was in charge of the attack party which included Paddy Buttner and Jimmy Joyce.  Joyce worked as a Porter in Davy’s.

The pub was occupied to stop British forces entering the city from the nearby Portobello Barracks. Not long after they had entered the pub a party of soldiers emerged from the barracks led by an officer on a white horse. Sergeant Doyle ordered the men to remain calm and not open fire.

Take your time, let them come up as near as we can and make sure every shot counts. 

As they got near to the bridge Doyle and his men opened fire. The officer and three soldiers were wounded.

Realising they would come under heavy attack from the military, the Citizen Army evacuated Davy’s and made their way to Stephen’s Green.

Paddy Buttner was a member of the Irish Citizen Army Scouts.

Paddy Buttner was interviewed for the television series 'Ireland A Television History' in 1979.


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