“These Ladies Attacked Me”

Patrick Young was only sixteen years old when he fought in the Easter Rising. On Easter Monday he was a member of the party that occupied Watkins Brewery, Ardee Street, which was under the command of Captain Con Colbert.

Young brought dispatches to and from the GPO and Liberty Hall. On Wednesday 26 April Colbert and his group, numbering about twenty-five men evacuated Watkins and joined up with the garrison in Marrowbone Lane Distillery close by.

Young managed to evade arrest when the garrison surrendered. He had been given messages by his comrades which he was to deliver to their families with word that they were okay.

This was no easy task as Young came under attack from the local women many of whom had husbands or family members serving in the British army. Describing one incident where he went to the house of brothers Martin and Tom Kavanagh at the Ranch, Ballyfermot he recalls that their sisters were in a terrible state of worry as they believed them to be dead.

These women had told them they’d seen the two of them been brought into the Richmond Barracks dead on stretchers.

Young was attacked many times on his journey. After leaving the Ranch he was attacked again by a crowd of hostile women at Basin Lane.

Patrick Young was a member of ‘B’ Company, (Dolphin’s Barn) 1st Battalion, Na Fianna Éireann. He remained in Na Fianna and during the War of Independence he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, ‘B’ Company, 1st Battalion.


Patrick Young was interviewed for the television programme 'Going Strong', broadcast on 20 May 1981.

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