First Shots of the Rising 1916

It can be argued that the first shots of the Easter Rising were fired in Laois, not Dublin. At 7pm on Easter Sunday, Volunteers under Patrick Ramsbottom derailed a train at Coltwood to prevent troop movements to Dublin & shot at a rail worker investigating the accident.

However:

Volunteers in Coalisland, Tyrone fired shots a few hours earlier shot at an RIC barracks and assaulted a constable around 3pm, making them the first shots of the Rising.

BUT!

On March 20th, Peadar Bracken and some Volunteers fired on a hostile crowd in Tullamore, Offaly and injured an RIC Constable and they claim that they were the first shots of the Rising.

Coltwood Train

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Peadar Bracken

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