By Padraig Yeates
This paintings is devoted to detailing the activities in and round Dublin's basic publish place of work in the course of the Easter emerging in 1916. The construction served as headquarters for the Irish Volunteers and the Citizen military, led by way of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, and used to be shelled within the suppression of the rebellion. The newly proclaimed Irish Republic used to be quick and brutally suppressed however the reminiscence of the heroism depicted that week and of the executions that replaced Irish historical past without end.
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Additional resources for A City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-4
Still fixated on the Horse Show, the Irish Times leader mused that ‘three weeks hence the Royal Dublin Society will open its gates at Ballsbridge to all and sundry. ’1 That the Irish Times could characterise the conflict as a civil war while many of the combatants saw it as a war of independence suggested that the gap was wider than the newspaper’s leader-writer realised. Meanwhile, authorisation of a return to normal train schedules by the military on the day before the editorial was published, and the lifting of restrictions on the use of motor transport on the day of publication, reinforced the impression that the years of conflict were over.
He was just able to carry on by reason of the business he did with the Army and Police, but when the Treaty came into force he found it impossible to keep going. He was given £50 compensation. ’ It was not, he believed, an extravagant claim, after supplying the Military for 36 years with printing and stationery. 32 of these years in Ireland and years supplying troops with goods of many kinds, when it was most dangerous to be seen entering or leaving barracks or having troops coming to your place of business.
Shipping was particularly affected, and the turnaround times on vessels could double, depending on the state of the tide. The retail trade, railways, banks, entertainment and even street dealers selling fruit and vegetables had been crippled by the curfew. Unfortunately, the return to normality brought a new threat, that of a sustained assault by employers on earnings and living standards. The post-war boom was over, and workers in Britain had already suffered savage pay cuts, with miners’ wages reduced from 80s a week to 44s.
A City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-4 by Padraig Yeates