“There Was A British Soldier Shot Very Badly”

After the evacuation of the General Post Office on Friday 29 April the Headquarters garrison made their way to Moore Street. Coming under heavy fire from the military who had erected barricades at the top of Moore Street and Moore Lane, the Volunteers were forced to find shelter anywhere they could. As a result they were split up into various groups.

Sean Nunan and his comrades were in Henry Place manning a barricade that the Volunteers had erected to provide cover from the British machine guns. A British soldier lay severely wounded opposite their position, on the far side off Moore Street.

Nunan describes what happened next. Their Commanding Officer George Plunkett, brother of Joseph Plunkett, climbed over the barricade, gave the soldier some water and carried him back to their position.

When Plunkett got back to the barricade he realised the soldier was unarmed.

Seemingly he wasn’t satisfied with that, he went back again and brought back his rifle. 

Sean Nunan was a member of the Kimmage Garrison. He and his brother Ernest fought together in the GPO during the Easter Rising.


Sean Nunan was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'The Survivors' in 1964.

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