Easter Monday 1916, Commandant Edward Daly commanding the 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, occupied the Four Courts and the surrounding area. Using a labyrinth of streets, alleyways and tenement buildings, Daly and the Volunteers created a killing ground that would witness some of the fiercest fighting of the 1916 Rising.
Crossfire' 1916 & The Battle for the Four Courts is a factual account of the battles that erupted in and around the Four Courts area of Dublin city.
From the Volunteers rapid deployment and their first contact with British Forces on that Easter Monday to their refusal to surrender until Sunday 30th April, the author clearly lays out the events of that turbulent week in Irish history. Explained day by day and hour by hour, this easy to read book examines the battles that were fought in the streets and buildings around the courts area of Dublin. From the military perspective the battles are
well described with an in depth look at fighting and defending in built up areas. The difficulties of combat in an
urban environment are well detailed, an experience that today's soldiers can relate to. The author also examines the atrocities that were uncovered on North King Street as the Rising came to its bloody conclusion.
The inquest and subsequent cover up are all well detailed within the book, a terrible tragedy that still remains unsolved to this day. This book is as near as one can possibly get to the fighting without actually taking
part. This is Paul O'Brien's third work on the 1916 Rising and is a must for all those interested in the
military aspects of the 1916 Rising. Crossfire: The Battle of the Four Courts, 1916 (1916 in Focus) Visit paulobrienauthor.ie for more info.
As published in the May 2012 issue of An Cosantóir (Defender) The Irish Defence Forces Magazine by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald - dfmagazine.ie or military.ie