"The bridge was heaped with dead and wounded"


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Desmond Ryan introduces a series of short accounts of personal recollections of the events of the Easter Rising 1916. In this second episode Tom Walsh recalls his memories of the battle of Mount Street Bridge. Walsh was one of seven Irish Volunteers who occupied Clanwilliam House.   

  • Title
    They Remember 1916 Tom Walsh
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  • Contributor
    Desmond Ryan (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    They Remember 1916
  • Clip title
    "The bridge was heaped with dead and wounded"
  • Extended description

    A small group of Volunteers occupying four buildings at Mount Street Bridge inflicted heavy casualties on a British forces. Many of the British soldiers had been sent to Dublin as reinforcements and were trying to make their way to Trinity College.

    Tom Walsh was one of those who occupied Clanwilliam House here he recalls his memories of the battle that he says even, "Even forty years later remains in the memory like a nightmare." 

    With Tom Walsh in Clanwilliam House were his bother Jimmy, George Reynolds, Paddy Doyle, Jimmy Doyle, Dick Murphy and Willie Ronan.

    Tom Walsh describes how in firing his Mauser rifle for the first time he knocked himself briefly unconscious. As the British soldiers charged attempting to cross Mount Street they came under fire as the dead and wounded fell they were replaced by comrades. "Again and again this mad attempt was made until the bridge was heaped with dead and wounded."     

    Three of the Volunteers in Clanwilliam House were killed before Tom Walsh and the others left the building after hours of intense fighting.     

  • Information

    Desmond Ryan attended Pádraig Pearse's St Enda's school in Dublin. Having completed his education there Ryan went on to study at UCD but stayed living at St Enda's where he taught and acted as a secretary to Pearse. As a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood Desmond Ryan took part in the Easter Rising serving under Pearse's command at the GPO in Dublin.

    In later years Desmond Ryan worked as a journalist in England and Ireland.  In the introduction to 'They Remember 1916' Ryan describes the Easter Rising as "A historic event of which there are many histories and formal chronicles." He says the short talks contained in the series,  "Are then not a history of the Rising nor a study of it nor a judgement of it but a few scenes and memories by those who still remember the Easter week of forty years ago."   

    'The Remember 1916' was first broadcast in 1956. Presented by Desmond Ryan it features the recollections of participants in the events of Easter Week 1916. 

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    1916, 1916 Rising, Easter Rising, British Army, Conflicts, Dublin, Easter 1916, Mount Street, Desmond Ryan, Clanwilliam House, Thomas Walsh, Tom Walsh, War
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  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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    Radio Éireann
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    English (eng)