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“When My Ammunition Was All Gone I Went Home For My Breakfast”

On Easter Monday, sixteen year old George Gilmore waited at his home in Clontarf for word to mobilise with his company. As the day wore on he could hear the shooting in the city but no order came.

Later that week he saw a patrol of Munster Fusiliers marching in the vicinity.

That showed me at least that what was happening was a war.

George left his home armed with his older brother’s rifle and began to snipe at the soldiers. He returned home as soon as he ran out of ammunition. Realising that his young son had been involved in some way with the events happening in the city, George’s father sent him up to his grandfather’s home near Portadown, Armagh, where he stayed for two years.

George Gilmore was a member of Na Fianna Éireann at the time of the Easter Rising.

George Gilmore was interviewed for RTÉ Radio in 1975 under the title 'George Gilmore : The Veteran Republican'. Photograph of Bull Island courtesy of RTÉ Archives.


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