“We Hadn’t Any Machine Guns Or Anything Like That”

During the Rising Padraic O’Broin fought in Marrowbone Lane Distillery. He describes how he and his comrades barricaded their position in the building. Seeing British soldiers trying to advance along the canal, they opened fire. The British responded to this attack with machine gun fire.

He recalls seeing Commandant Éamonn Ceannt on Sunday morning and the garrisons surprise and disappointment on hearing that they had to surrender.

He was very pale and his uniform was torn. He was after been through it.

While marching down along the Coombe and Francis Street the garrison were both cheered and jeered by the crowds.

An old lady gave me a belt of a shawl.

Padraic O’Broin was a member of ‘A’ Company, 4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers.


Padraic O'Broin was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 30 January 1966. Photograph of Marrowbone Lane Distillery courtesy of Military Archives.

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