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II.viii.3. Personal account of the Easter Rising, written by Gerard 'Charlie' Hamilton of Hamwood, Co. Meath,


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In Collection: Hamilton of Hamwood, 1785-1939.
Description: Hamilton's account consists of diary entries written during the course of the Easter Rising covering 25 April to 4 May 1916, and details a mixture of report and rumour concerning events in Dublin. He refers to his initially hearing of news of 'great Sinn Fein row in Dublin' while at a race meeting in Fairyhouse, and writes of reports of barricades being set up on roads leading into the city, looting, insurgents firing at 'all motors', the imposition of martial law in Dublin, the Meath Hospital being filled with the dead and dying, the arrival of troops from England, food shortages in the city, the destruction of Sackville Street, fighting in Tullamore and Galway and the surrounding area and rumours of a presence of 'armed rebels ' in Dunboyne. He describes his own servants at Hamwood as looking 'frightened and miserable'.

Reference is made to the difficulties experienced by Connie (most probably his sister Constance Hamilton) in trying to get back into Dublin on the first day of hostilities having been golfing in Rathfarnham, his own description of the condition of Sackville Street at the end of the rebellion and his thoughts on Patrick Pearse, who he describes as 'a fanatic and a dreamer'.
Main Creator: Hamilton, Gerald Francis Charles, 1877-1961
Created: 1916
Extent: 38 pp
Call Number: MS 49,155/41 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Copyright owned by the National Library of Ireland.