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Chapters

The 1916 Easter Rising

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O'Kelly decided he had heard the man incorrectly. ' Would you mind repeating that ' he said. ' General Connolly to me to tell you to evacuate your men. ' ' You mean all the men? ' ' I guess so. ' O'Kelly exploded. ' For God's sake, you must be daft. Why ever would General Connolly want us to evacuate? We're giving 'em hell from here. Are you sure that's what he said? ' ' I just got through talking to him, ' the man said. ' He snet me here. ' As they talked, the guns in the tower above them barked continuously. There were now so many British snipers south of the Liffey that the men in the tower seemed unlikely ever to run out of targets. The guns in Hopkins and Hopkins at the corner and those in the buildings between were also keeping up a steady pace. This block of buildings was one of the cornerstones of the Post Office defence. It seemed criminal to evacuate, but an order was not to be ignored. Fergus O'Kelly passed the word along to the men in the several buildings between Abbey Street and Eden Quay. Then he went up to the steps of the tower above him in the DBC building. ' Come down out of there, boys. We're evacuating the premises. ' As the guns fell silent, he could hear the men ask each other, ' What did he say? ' ' I said come down. We're evacuating the whole block. ' After an uproar of disbelief, follwed by refusals, all but one of the men, a Volunteers named Tom Ennis, eventually descended from the tower. Ennis instead of obeying the order, resumed