Florence Rush-McGowan lived at No. 10 Findlater Place, off Sackville (O’Connell) Street. She and her brother witnessed the Lancers charging down O’Connell Street on Easter Monday.
At Kramer’s Piano store there was an officer shot off his horse.
Florence recalls seeing a priest emerge from the Gresham Hotel to give the dying man the last rites. She and her brother soon returned home and remained there. She describes how the situation went from bad to worse soon after the Lancers charge.
Everything went awry. The streets began to get looted. They ran down our street with McDowell’s jewels and Noblett’s candies.
Florence’s home was later taken over by the British military.
Florence began her singing career soon after and went on a tour to America in December 1916. She went on to have a successful career in the theatre.
Florence Rush-McGowan was interviewed for the programme 'Florrie's Follies', broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, 25 April 1983. Image of Lancers charging down O'Connell Street taken from 'Insurrection' courtesy of RTÉ Archives.