The only shots in Kerry during Easter Week 1916 were fired in Firies village by Volunteer Jim Riordan on 29 April 1916. This is a short extract from our forthcoming book on that incident:

According to his brother, Paddy, Jim walked from his home at Longfield at 11 o’clock that morning to purchase a newspaper to see if there were any information about what was taking place in Dublin.He met two other local men named Costelloe and Donoghue. The three saw two RIC officers, Michael Cleary and Thomas McLoughlin who were based at Farranfore – dismount from bicycles before putting up a notice in the window of the post office announcing the introduction of martial law the outbreak of rebellion in Dublin. Paddy noted that Costelloe or Donoghue made a remark within earshot the of the RIC men about Jim Riordan giving up his arms to which the officers replied ‘These damned Shinners should give up their arms.’ One account says that Jim went over to read the notice and ripped it down in full view of the constables.

As Riordan tried to pass Cleary and McLoughlin, one of the constables made to open his holster and the other started to unsling his carbine. Jim Riordan produced his Webley gun and fired at the policemen, wounding them both. Cleary was shot in the left thigh and McLoughlin in the left arm.The wounded men were treated in O’Sullivan’s public house before being moved to the county infirmary.

(Copyright – Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – A Centenary Record, edited by Bridget McAuliffe, Mary McAuliffe, Owen O’Shea – 22 April 2016)