LIMERICK MAN WAS THE FIRST CASUALTY OF THE EASTER RISING, 1916.

THE FIRST CASUALTY OF THE EASTER RISING OF 1916 WAS DUBLIN METROPOLITAN POLICE (DMP) CONSTABLE JAMES O’BRIEN, A NATIVE OF KILFERGUS, GLIN, CO. LIMERICK. CONSTABLE O’BRIEN WAS GUARDING THE MAIN GATE OF DUBLIN CASTLE. AT APPROXIMATELY 11:45 AM ON EASTER MONDAY, 24 APRIL 1916, SEAN CONNOLLY LED A GROUP OF IRISH CITIZEN ARMY (ICA) TO THE GATE AND DEMANDED ENTRY. WHEN O’BRIEN REFUSED, CONNOLLY SHOT AND KILLED HIM. O’BRIEN, WHO WAS UNARMED, WAS AGED 48 YEARS. IRONICALLY, CONNOLLY WAS SHOT AND KILLED LESS THAN AN HOUR LATER ON THE ROOF OF CITY HALL BY A BRITISH SNIPER, BECOMING THE FIRST REBEL TO BE KILLED IN THE RISING. CONNOLLY WAS AGED 32.

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