On Easter Monday Captain Sean Connolly led a section of the Irish Citizen Army to the gates of Dublin Castle. Constable James O’Brien was killed when he ordered them to halt. Sean Connolly and his party then took over City Hall.
Helena Molony recalls how a short time later she was on the roof when Sean Connolly was fatally wounded while hoisting a flag. She tried to save him but it was too late.
I said a prayer into his ear as he went, and he was dead.
On Tuesday the building was completely surrounded by British soldiers and the garrison was forced to surrender. Dr Kathleen Lynn, the most senior surviving officer led the group from City Hall.
They were arrested and taken to nearby Ship Street Barracks and held for eight days before being transferred to Richmond Barracks.
Helena Molony was a member of the women’s section of the Irish Citizen Army.
Helena Molony was interviewed for the radio series 'The Week of the Rising' broadcast on Radio Éireann, 11 April 1966. Photograph of City Hall courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.