EAMONN DORE (1896-1972) GLIN, CO. LIMERICK.

EAMONN DORE, FROM MAIN STREET IN GLIN, WAS A MEDICAL STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE IN DUBLIN. HE WAS HOME IN GLIN FOR A HOLIDAY WHEN HE HEARD OF THE RISING IN DUBLIN. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE IRISH REPUBLICAN BROTHERHOOD AND THE IRISH VOLUNTEERS. HE WAS A CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF TOM CLARKE AND SEAN MACDIARMADA. HE THEN MADE HIS WAY TO DUBLIN AND THE GPO. MACDIARMADA ORDERED DORE TO ESCORT THE DALY SISTERS, CLARKE’S SISTERS-IN-LAW, TO KINGSBRIDGE STATION. THEY WERE GOING TO CORK AND LIMERICK TO SPREAD THE WORD THAT THE RISING HAD BEGUN. HE ESCORTED THEM SAFELY BUT SAW THE CONCENTRATION OF BRITISH SOLDIERS IN THE AREA SURROUNDING THE GPO.
DORE CAME UNDER FIRE BUT MADE IT SAFELY TO THE GPO AND REPORTED THE SITUATION TO CLARKE, MACDIARMADA, AND JAMES CONNOLLY. CONNOLLY DIDN’T BELIEVE DORE AND WENT TO CHECK FOR HIMSELF, AT WHICH POINT HE WAS WOUNDED AS A BULLET SHATTERED HIS ANKLE.

DORE HAD BEEN PART OF AN “ESCORT” THAT BROUGHT JAMES CONNOLLY IN JANUARY TO MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE IRB TO WHICH CONNOLLY DID NOT BELONG AT THAT TIME IN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE STILL MYSTERIOUS. DORE LATER SAID CONNOLLY CAME OF HIS OWN ACCORD, BUT OTHER STATEMENTS SAY OTHERWISE. THIS IS PURE SPECULATION ON MY PART AS TO WHY CONNOLLY MIGHT HAVE DISTRUSTED DORE.

AS EASTER WEEK WENT ON, DORE SAID OF HIS COMRADES IN THE GPO: “THEY WERE ALL STANDING THERE AS IF NOTHING WAS WRONG. THE WHOLE PLACE WAS ON FIRE; THE SHELLING WAS STILL GOING ON, AND THE HEAT WAS INTENSE. HERE WERE THESE FELLAS WAITING FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.” DORE WAS CHOSEN TO GO OUT IN THE CHARGE LED BY THE O’RAHILLY, WHO HAILED FROM BALLYLONGFORD, NORTH KERRY, ONLY A FEW MILES FROM GLIN. THE O’RAHILLY AND SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS WERE KILLED IN THE CHARGE. DORE AND SEVERAL OTHERS FOUND SHELTER IN A NEARBY YARD. THEY REMAINED THERE UNTIL THE SURRENDER. DORE INTERNED AT FRONGOCH CAMP IN WALES.

DORE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AWARE THAT JOSEPH PLUNKETT’S STRATEGY, AS PRESENTED TO THE GERMANS, INVOLVED THE GERMANS OCCUPYING LIMERICK CITY AND MINING THE RIVER SHANNON FROM TARBERT, CO. KERRY (ADJACENT TO GLIN) TO FOYNES, CO. LIMERICK. HENCE, GLIN WOULD HAVE HAD A PART TO PLAY IN THE INITIAL PLANNING OF THE EASTER RISING.
DORE WAS RELEASED IN JANUARY 1917. IN 1918, HE MARRIED NORA DALY, WHOM HE HAD ESCORTED TO KINGSBRIDGE STATION. DURING THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, HE WAS AN IRA INTELLIGENCE OFFICER. AFTER THE WAR, HE RAN THE DALY FAMILY BAKERY IN LIMERICK CITY UNTIL IT CLOSED IN 1959. HE DIED IN 1972. HE IS BURIED IN KILFERGUS CEMETERY IN GLIN, AS IS CONSTABLE O’ BRIEN.

IN 2016, DORE’S DAUGHTER MAIRÉAD WAS IN ATTENDANCE AT THE DEDICATION OF CENTENARY BRIDGE IN GLIN COMMEMORATING O’BRIEN AND DORE; TWO MEN FROM GLIN, CO. LIMERICK, WHOSE LIVES WERE AFFECTED AS THEY FOUND THEMSELVES ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE RISING IN FARAWAY DUBLIN.

BY KEVIN ROONEY AND NORMA PRENDIVILLE

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