“The Place Was Full Of Rumours”

On Wednesday 26 April Thomas MacDonagh requested that Volunteer Michael Hayes and some other men leave the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory outpost to see if they could get guns from individuals who had not turned out for the Rising.

Hayes recalls how while they were travelling through the streets off the South Circular Road, they met another Volunteer, Laurence Murray who informed them that there was no action taking place outside of Dublin.

He told us that nothing had happened in Cork on the Monday or on the Tuesday morning as the train was not interrupted or stopped on its passage from Cork except somewhere near the Curragh where he saw trains passing with soldiers.

Despite hearing this news Michael Hayes says that Thomas MacDonagh remained cheerful and optimistic throughout the week.

Michael Hayes was a member of ‘C’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.


Michael Hayes was interviewed for the radio series 'The Week of the Rising' broadcast on Radio Éireann, 13 April 1966. Photograph of Michael Hayes Cashman Collection courtesy RTÉ Archives.

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