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“Most People Thought It Was Only Manoeuvres”

Geraldine Dillon née Plunkett married Thomas Dillon on Easter Sunday and spent her wedding night and Easter Monday in the Imperial Hotel. On seeing the Volunteers enter the General Post Office, many civilians thought it was some kind of exercise.

After a while they started knocking out the glass in the windows with the butts of their guns.

Geraldine tried to gain entry to the GPO but her brother, Joseph Plunkett refused and insisted that she and Thomas go out to the family home in Larkfield to make explosives.

The last time she saw Joseph alive was later that day. In order to impede troop movement barricades were erected in the streets surrounding the GPO. Volunteers in North Earl Street were trying to push a tram over on its side but to no avail. Joseph emerged and placed a bomb in the tram, shot at it and succeeded in overturning it creating a barricade.

Geraldine Plunkett was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 20 November 1965.


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