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“A Shot Rang Out From This Sniper”

Cormac Turner fought in Hopkins and Hopkins, overlooking O’Connell Bridge. One of the major problems the Volunteers faced was lack of arms and ammunition. The Volunteers in Hopkins were armed only with shotguns and were no match for a British sniper in the top floor of McBirney’s on Aston Quay, opposite their position.

On Wednesday 26 April Turner was sent to the GPO to get a rifle in order to deal with the sniper. He met James Connolly who arranged for a rifleman to go to Hopkins. Just as he got inside the building

A shot rang out from this sniper and killed a man passing.

The sniper had killed an innocent civilian, his intended victim was Turner. Eventually the Volunteers in Hopkins and Hopkins and ‘Kelly’s Fort’ across the street located and killed the sniper.

While attending a reunion of the Volunteers years later Turner was approached by some women. They had witnessed the events on that Wednesday in 1916 but had gotten the identity of the victim wrong.

We said the Rosary for you. You passed by and a man was shot at the corner… We were told he was dead. We assumed it was you.  

Cormac Turner was a member of the Kimmage Garrison. During the Easter Rising he fought in Hopkins and Hopkins and the Imperial Hotel.

Cormac Turner was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'The Survivors' in 1965.


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