When the boat comes in

Declan Carr

Dublin, Ireland

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Lighthouse on the end of the southern harbour wall. The lighthouse also had a defensive purpose, a circular wall alongside defends a gun position. Two-bay two-storey ashlar granite lighthouse keeper’s house attached to south-east. Converted to unattended electric lighting in 1955.
A boat named the Asgard unloaded the arms in Howth harbour alongside the lighthouse on July 26 1914. It was met by the Irish Citizen Army, led by Countess Markievicz, ready with hand carts and wheelbarrows. Present were Bulmer Hobson, Douglas Hyde, Darrell Figgis, Peadar Kearney and Thomas MacDonagh. The harbour master informed the authorities about the situation, and a detachment of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers were dispatched from their barracks at Kilmainham. The two groups met at Clontarf. Thomas MacDonagh and Bulmer Hobson succeeded in engaging the soldiers in conversation long enough for the back ranks of the Irish Citizen Army to quietly relay the guns away and hide them in the nearby Christian Brothers’ grounds. In total, three guns were seized.

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