“We Could See The British Troops Approaching”

On Wednesday 26 April British soldiers from the Sherwood Foresters regiment making their way from Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) towards Trinity College in Dublin via Mount Street were attacked from positions that the Volunteers had taken up on Northumberland Road and Clanwilliam Place. Seven Volunteers occupied Clanwilliam House. When the fighting had ended, four survived. Tom Walsh, one of the survivors gives his memories of the Battle of Mount Street Bridge.

When the British tried to cross the bridge they charged about seven or eight at a time across the bridge. There was enough in Clanwilliam House to deal with each individual maybe two shots one fellow fired two shots another three or four but they never crossed the bridge. But they left a lot of casualties on the bridge.

Tom Walsh was a member of ‘B’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.


Tom Walsh was interviewed for the television programme 'I Remember Easter' broadcast on Telefís Éireann, 22 April 1962. Photograph of Clanwilliam House, Murtagh Collection courtesy of RTÉ Archives.

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