Monday, July 25, 2011

Memorial to the first shots of 1916 Easter Rising, Laois

Just south of Portlaoise on the old Dublin to Cork road is this memorial, it was here on Easter Sunday  night that volunteers acting on the orders of Padrick Pearse were tasked with the demolitian of the railway to prevent the British getting reinforcements to Dublin from the south. see below for details of the text.
Relief image of the derailed train on the memorial.
Another shot of the area taken the same day

FIRST SHOT IN 1916 RISING
On Easter Sunday night, 23rdApril, 1916, acting under the direct orders of Patrick Pearse, the Laois Volunteers participated in the demolition of a section of the Abbeyleix-Portlaoise railway line at a location near here.The purpose of this exercise was to prevent Britishmilitary reinforcements from reaching  Dublin via Waterford after the Rising had started. This demolition was followed by the firing of the first shot of the 1916 Rising.Other activities engaged in by the Laois Volunteers included an attempted similar demolition of the CarlowKildare railway line and a raid on Wolfhill R.I.C. Barracks.This Memorial has been erected in honour of  the Laois Volunteers listed below, as a tribute to their foresight, bravery and enterprise.Eamon Fleming O/C – The SwanPatrick J. Ramsbottom Vice O/C – PortlaoiseLorcan O’Brádaig Q.M. – Lalors MillsThomas F. Brady – Lalors Mills Michael Gray – PortlaoisePatrick Muldowney – Portlaoise John Muldowney – PortlaoiseColum Holohan – Portlaoise Michael Walsh – PortlaoiseTerence Byrne – Knockalde James Ramsbottom – FosseyPatrick J. Fleming – The Swan Noreen Brady – Lalors MillsMichael J. Sheridan – Portlaoise John Frawley – WolfhillKathleen Brady – Lalors Mills Seán Maguire – DublinMrs May Conroy (nee Brady) – Lalors MillsBreda Conroy (nee Brady) – Lalors MillsDo xum glóire Dé agus Onóra na hÉireann

2 comments:

1916 rising commeration in cork said...

oh my goodness! Such beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing. I love hearing about people’s travels! someday, I’d love to go there.

Paz said...

Thanks, finally getting around to putting more up