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“They Fired Bottles And Jam Pots And Everything At Us”

Seamus Gough recalls how early on Tuesday morning the Irish Citizen Army had to evacuate the park in Stephen’s Green. British soldiers had occupied the high buildings surrounding the park and opened fire. The garrison had to cross the street in small groups and Gough and his comrades made their way to Little’s pub, on the corner of Cuffe Street and Stephen’s Green. There they got onto the roof and began to make their way down towards the College of Surgeons.

We got about half way when the military caught us.

On the roof of the College of Surgeons Michael Doherty, Citizen Army was seriously wounded by machine gun fire.

Gough and his comrades continued across the rooftops until they came to Proud’s Lane which lead into York Street. While crossing the street to get into the College they were attacked by some ‘Separation Women’. Eventually they managed to get into the building safely.

Seamus Gough was a member of the Irish Citizen Army.

Seamus Gough was interviewed for the radio series 'The Week of the Rising' broadcast on Radio Éireann, 12 April 1966. Photograph of Kapp and Peterson, Stephen's Green courtesy of Military Archives.


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