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“I Happened To Be Sentenced To Be Shot”

After the surrender, the majority of prisoners, men and women, were taken to Richmond Barracks. Then the process of identification and trial by court martial began. Separated into groups the men were held in large rooms. Maurice Brennan was held with Éamonn Ceannt, Commandant of the 4th Battalion.

The men were tried by court martial and transferred to Kilmainham Gaol. To his surprise, Brennan was sentenced to death.

I had no command, I was more or less an accident. I was in uniform, that might have been one of the reasons and I had a rifle.

Unlike Ceannt, Brennan’s sentence was commuted and he was later transferred to Mountjoy Gaol. Éamonn Ceannt was executed with Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Seán Heuston on 8 May.

Maurice Brennan was a member of ‘B’ Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.

Maurice Brennan was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 16 January 1966.


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