Eamon Dore recalls seeing Commandant Ned Daly lead his men up O'Connell Street to their place of surrender on 29 April 1916.

Eamon Dore fought in the GPO during the Easter Rising and on 28 April was chosen to take part in 'O'Rahilly's Charge'. A small party of Volunteers, led by 'The' O'Rahilly would make their way from the GPO, which was now ablaze, to William and Woods factory in Parnell Street and establish a new headquarters there. The British forces had erected barricades at the top of Moore Street and opened fire on O'Rahilly and his men, roughly thirty in all, as they made their way up Moore Street, O'Rahilly and four Volunteers were killed and many were wounded.

After the surrender on 29 April Dore and a number of his colleagues were brought to the Parnell Statue and held there. Later that evening Dore saw his friend Edward Daly, Commandant of the Four Courts garrison lead his men up O'Connell Street. They halted at the Gresham Hotel after which they were addressed by Captain Henry de Courcy-Wheeler, who informed them of the procedure they were to follow in laying down their arms.

It was done in such a military fashion that even the British officer was carried away and he saluted our Commandant and Daly saluted him as if it was an ordinary thing to do.

This scene was witnessed by Brigadier-General Lowe, Commanding Officer of the British Forces in Dublin, who was watching from the Parnell statue. Dore remembers that Lowe was not at all impressed by de Courcy-Wheeler's actions.

Edward Daly was executed in Kilmainham Gaol on 4 May. Aged twenty-five at the time of his death, Daly was one of the youngest to be executed for his part in the Rising. 

Eamon Dore was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. At the time of the Easter Rising he was attached to 'B' Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. He later married Edward Daly's sister Nora.

Eamon Dore was interviewed for the programme 'A Munster Journal: The Daly's of Limerick Remembered', broadcast on Radio Éireann, 27 May 1966.

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