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1916 Liveblog: The sources

This is where all that information came from.

Image: National Library of Ireland

OVER THE WEEK of Monday 28 March to Saturday 2 April, we’re running a series of liveblogs tracking the events of the 1916 Rising as they happened.

To create the liveblogs, we relied on primary and secondary sources to put together a faithful account of the facts and we used a wide variety of sources to give voice to multiple perspectives.

As much as possible, we’ve tried to stay faithful to the time when the events actually occurred.

There are times when this has been straightforward – such as when the rebels stormed the GPO on the Monday and surrendered on the Saturday - because there are lots of sources to confirm when the events happened. There are other times when it gets a bit more difficult: it was a battlefield, after all, and a lot of the accounts were put together afterwards, rather than as they occurred.

Below is a list of the sources that we used as reference points for the liveblogs.

Each of them was valuable in their own right – and if you’re looking to learn more about 1916, this list is not a bad place to start.


Easter 1916 The Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend

Rebels by Fearghal McGarry

When The Clock Struck in 1916: Close-Quarter Combat in the Easter Rising by Derek Molyneux and Darren Kelly

Dublin 1916 by Clair Wills

1916 in Focus: Crossfire – The Battle of the Four Courts by Paul O’Brien

Courage Boys, We Are Winning: An Illustrated History of the 1916 Rising by Michael Barry

The 1916 Diaries of an Irish Rebel and a British Soldier by Mick O’Farrell

The Irish Citizen Army by Ann Matthews

16 Dead Men by Anne-Marie Ryan

A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects by John Gibney

The Insurrection in Dublin by James Stephens


The National Library of Ireland

The Sean Sexton Collection at The Photographers’ Gallery

The Military Archives


The National Library of Ireland 1916 exhibit

RTE/Century Ireland

The Bureau of Military History

The Irish Times 

Department of The Taoiseach

Dublin Rising 

Read all of our 1916 coverage here > 

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