The South Dublin Union was a huge workhouse on the south side of the city and was one of the largest sites occupied by the Volunteers during Easter Week. Under the command of Éamonn Ceannt members of the 4th Battalion, Irish Volunteers took over a number of buildings within the Union.
Joseph Doolan explains how the men were divided into sections and sent to a number of outposts across the site and recalls heavy fighting that took place at the Rialto Gate.
Ceannt had a Peter the Painter gun…himself and Brugha had Peter the Painters and I can remember the crack of the gun from those two men.
Each evening Commandant Ceannt called his men together and after a short prayer provided them with an update on what he knew was happening across the city.
Joseph Doolan was a member of ‘A’ Company, 4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.
Joseph Doolan was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 21 November 1965.