Some of the bloodiest fighting of the Easter 1916 Rising occurs during the Battle of Mount Street Bridge. An inexperienced British regiment, the Sherwood Foresters are involved in combat with seventeen Irish rebels under the command of Lieutenant Mick Malone who would die in the battle. Over two days, the British troops engaged in a number of full frontal assaults against a well entrenched group of rebels.
The fighting at Mount Street resulted in almost two thirds of British casualties in Easter week. A total of four officers and 216 other ranks were killed or wounded during the engagement.
Michael Malone (1888-1916)
A carpenter by trade who won prizes for drawing and wood carving. Malone was 28 at the time of the Rising, and according to the National Graves Association handbook (1932) was a lieutenant in the Cyclist Corps I.R.A., 3rd Batt., and the “crack shot of the Coy”.
With three companions, including Volunteer James Grace, he defended No25 Northumberland Road on Easter Monday. On Tuesday he sent two of his companions away, because they were “mere boys”. With one man he defended his position against the British military until 8pm on Wednesday until he was killed in action. He is buried in the Republican Plot, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
Excellent article on The Battle of Mount Street Bridge: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-on-land/75-other-war-theatres/2325-the-battle-of-mount-street-bridge-dublin-1916.html
The Battle of Mount Street Bridge at RTE website: http://www.rte.ie/tv/whodoyouthinkyouare/social_diarmuid1.html
Short video on the Sherwood Foresters: http://youtu.be/zjcuEv3X4WQ