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Chapters

The 1916 Easter Rising

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had become increasingly acute as the tempo of the British gunfire mounted. Finally, they hit upon a strategy to lure a priest to the Post Office. Choosing a girl in civilian dress, they sent her on a mission to the Pro-Cathedral, one block north, and one block east of the GPO. At about 10.30, Father Flanagan, a curate at the Pro-Cathedral, was astonished to hear the hall doorbell ring. It was difficult to believe anyone could have traveled the streets in that area without being shot. At eight o'clock he had said mass, attended by frequent gun bursts from all directions, but no congregation. The streets were so unsae the church had been closed the day before. two of Father Flanagan's colleagues were at Jervis Street Hospital, a few blocks west of the Post office, attending victims of the rebellion, and two were away on holiday, leaving only three priests on duty. When Father Flanagan answered the door, he was confronted by a girl quite respectably dressed but soiled and rumpled.
'Father will you please come with me to the Post office? ' She begged. ' We've a man dying there. ' Father Flanagan, who had spent several hours in the Post office hearing confessions Monday night, was annoyed at what seemed to him an unreasonable request that he return there, across Sackville Street, under perilous conditions that prevailed this morning. The route from the Post office to the Jervis Street Hospital where two priests were on duty, was comparitively protected. Why hadn't the insurgents taken the wounded man there? The girl looked sheepish. She had no answer. The priest shook his