Easter Monday Afternoon, and the scene is set. Several key buildings across the city have been seized by rebels, within hours of the first shots being fired, looting across the city had begun.
Rebels were instructed by their commanding chiefs to procure provisions such as food and blankets, and other necessities that would be needed for their siege of the city.
And as law and order began to diminish the rebels looted and ransacked their way through the city, being joined by some civilians who saw an opportunity to alleviate their own impoverished circumstances by taking advantage of this sudden fight for freedom and equality that, if successful would hope to quell such abject poverty across the city and beyond.
As for the children who stood watching in awe as running gun battles took place before them and looting began, the temptation proved to be too much when a cry came out from the crowd that they were raiding Noblett’s, the famous sweet shop that all Dublin children knew and dreamt of.
A stampede of little feet ensued, driven by sweet tooth’s & visions of unsolicited shelves of sweets, as the children of Dublin, caught up in the excitement of the day, rushed to the shop, stripping it bare of every sweet imaginable.
The feeling of excitement, the great fun of their wildest dreams coming true, children of all ages realizing that in this Aladdin’s cave crammed with all their favourite sweeties, there was no one to stop them taking full advantage, little understanding or knowing the dangers that lurked, as the authorities battled to regain civil obedience.
Of course, the authorities needed to restore some sense of civil order and looters were fired upon indiscriminately, irrespective of circumstance, gender, age or size. Many were innocent civilians, caught in the crossfire, going about their daily business who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time
By the end of that first day of the rising 15 civilians had been fatally wounded, 9 of those were children, killed in the crossfire, as innocent childhood curiosity led them to their tragic fates.
Meanwhile across the city, other battles raged on………