“The British Had Now Cut Our Line in Two”

By Saturday the British forces had isolated Commandant Edward Daly’s position in the Four Courts. Piaras Béaslaí describes the last hours fighting and despite being surrounded the garrison were prepared to fight on. Suddenly all fell quiet.

After days and nights of constant firing the silence was quite strange to us. We could not guess the reason.

Soon after Pearse’s order to surrender came. Reluctantly Daly obeyed the orders of his superior officer and lead his men out of the Four Courts.

The garrison was arrested and marched to O’Connell Street where they laid down their arms. They were then brought to the Rotunda and kept out in the open all night and were marched to Richmond Barracks on Sunday morning.

Piaras Béaslaí was Vice-Commandant, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.


Piaras Béaslaí was interviewed for the series 'They Remember 1916', broadcast on Radio Éireann, 4 April 1956. Image Piaras Béaslaí courtesy of RTÉ Archives.

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