Thomas Doyle

T. D.: A soldier was passing down, and a civilian attempted to take the rifle off him, and he shook himself free, and he opened fire down York Street, and I happened to be [laughter] there and I jumped into a wall out of the way! And… that was one incident, now, towards… I’d say about half way through the week, there was an old man [unclear] when the military were coming down they weren’t getting a very favorable reception you know. Although at the beginning of the… of the week… the mostly people who were called, the separation allowance women they were separation allowance women…

M. Nic L.: Yeah?

T. D.:  They were wives of the British soldiers serving and they were getting the money, and they took an adverse view of the Volunteers, but they changed their minds during the week, and they received them very well. Of course, they were in Jacob’s factory, they hadn’t much activity as far as engaging the forces was concerned because they were, more or less most of the stuff was around the south of the city, and… there was an old man named Moses Dunne… Moses Doyle, Moses Doyle. He had been in Bishop Street and had crossed over from Bishop Street to Duke Street, he lived in Duke Street – as far as my memory serves me – and, when he come on to the path of the corner of Duke Street, he turned around to look up at… at the factory, and a British soldier halfway down went down on his knee and shot him, [turned on his?] shoulder and he died. And… see the most of the young men, myself and all were hanging around watching everything, every little movement going on, and then, later on, a chap named Coyle, Sergeant Coyle – he was a Royal Irish Riflers, he was a personal friend of a brother, of an uncle of mine who had served with the British Army at the time, who was out in France at the time because he was called up – and… he came down with his rifle slung on his shoulder, just walking down, down [unclear] side, and… people warned him to go back. ‘Oh’, says he, ‘they won’t touch me’, he said, ‘I’m an Irishman, a Dublin man’, and they shot him, from the factory. I knew him myself, through my uncle, and he was a very nice chap. But… that was the other incident about the Rebellion. And… my father was coming out one morning and all the shops were shut, we had shutters on the shop over, over in the… in the shop in Cuffe Street, and my father was coming out one morning, to go to Mass and he… stepped halfway out of the hall door…

M. Nic L.: Yeah?

T. D.: When, a soldier on the corner fired at him, and just missed him and hit the… hit the shutter and smashed the… the window behind him. Only for that… only he stepped back he was gone.

  • Informant
    Thomas Doyle (T. D.)
  • Age
  • Address
    Lower Kevin Street, Dublin 8
  • Collector
    Móna Nic Lochlainn (M. Nic L.)
  • Date of recording
  • Recording context
    Informant’s home
  • Reference
    (audio) UFP0086
  • Faisnéiseoir
    Thomas Doyle (T. D.)
  • Aois
    Ní fios
  • Seoladh
    Lower Kevin Street, Baile Átha Cliath 8
  • Bailitheoir
    Móna Nic Lochlainn (M. Nic L.)
  • Dáta Taifeadta
  • Comhthéacs Taifeadta
    Teach an fhaisnéiseora
  • Tagairt
    (fuaim) UFP0086
Laneway off Moore Street, woman using street water-tap [Gerard Brady, September 1980]