Sean O’Duffy fought in Glynn’s Building Yard, North Brunswick Street and later Moore’s Coach Factory during the Easter Rising. The area around North King Street was subject to some of the most savage fighting between the Volunteers and the British Army.
The outposts in this area were chosen to protect the Four Courts which was under the command of Edward Daly. O’Duffy recalls that at about 3.30 on the afternoon of Saturday 29 April, Fr. Albert came to see the men and told them that Pearse had surrendered.
Me poor fella, it’s all over.
The small garrison initially refused to obey the order. The fighting intensified as the British forces closed in on one of the remaining Volunteer strongholds.
That evening O’Duffy was one of those chosen to bring the wounded and dead to the nearby Richmond Hospital. The garrison surrendered the next morning, Sunday 30 April.
Sean O’Duffy was a member of ‘A’ Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.
Sean O'Duffy was interviewed for the radio programme 'Highways and Byways', broadcast on 29 March 1979. Photograph of Reilly's Fort, North King Street courtesy of Military Archives.