The uprising is scheduled to start at 12.00 noon. In the absence of a nationwide armed uprising, the rebels have decided to seize a number of key locations in Dublin. These include the GPO; Dublin Castle; The Four Courts; Boland's Mill as well as important approaches to the city such as Mount Street Bridge.There are mixed spirits amongst the rebels with many believing that, without adequate numbers and weapons, they are facing certain defeat. Nevertheless, they are determined to press ahead with the uprising. Spirits lift somewhat when The O Rahilly, one of those who drove around the country on the previous Saturday announcing the cancellation of Sunday's operation, arrives. He has a change of mind about supporting the Uprising saying 'I've helped to wind up the clock - I might as well hear it strike'.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Key positions guarding the main routes into the capital were occupied including The South Dublin Union to the west and Boland’s Bakery/ Mount Street Bridge to the south. The initial British response was to send a group of lancers down Sackville Street to root out the rebels. The occupants of the GPO responded with gunfire and the lancers retreated with heavy casualties. Similarly a small garrison of volunteers at Mount Street Bridge repulsed a totally inept frontal attack on their positions with many lives lost on the British side.