20 April (Holy Thursday)

The Aud arrives in Tralee Bay just before 3pm and ahead of schedule. As local Volunteers don’t expect the Aud until Easter Sunday, no signal is given to Captain Spindler from shore.

An IRB team planning to seize wireless radio equipment from Atlantic College in Cahirciveen holds its final preparatory meeting in Dublin.

In Dublin, on learning of the plans for the Rising, Eoin MacNeill tries to convince Patrick Pearse not to proceed.

21 April (Good Friday)

Casement, Monteith and Bailey fail to rendezvous with the Aud and go ashore from the U-boat at Banna Strand before dawn. Bailey and Monteith go to seek help from the local Volunteers. Casement is discovered at McKenna’s Fort and is arrested by the RIC.

Austin Stack and Con Collins are arrested in Tralee.

Tralee Volunteers hold a ‘test mobilisation’ in preparation for the Rising.

At 9pm, Volunteers Con Keating, Daniel Sheehan and Charles Monahan drown off Ballykissane pier near Killorglin having taken a wrong turning while en route to Cahirciveen.

Denis Daly

     Denis Daly

22 April (Easter Saturday)

Spindler, his crew and the Aud are discovered and arrested by the British Navy; Spindler scuttles the Aud in Cork Harbour at 10.30am.

The leaders of the Rising learn of the failed attempt to land arms at Fenit and of the drownings at Ballykissane.

Eoin MacNeill, chief of staff of the Irish Volunteers, issues the countermanding order calling off the Rising. The O’Rahilly is despatched to Limerick with the order.


Amid confusion, The Kerryman carries a notice ordering Kerry Volunteers to engage in ‘full manoeuvres’ on Sunday 23 April.

Volunteers and members of Cumann na mBan from Tralee and surrounding areas begin to gather at the Rink in Tralee in anticipation of the Rising.

Hundreds of Volunteers from west Kerry march overnight to Tralee.


         Austin Stack

 23 April (Easter Sunday)

Volunteers and Cumann na mBan members remain on standby at the Rink in Tralee. Volunteers assemble in Killarney and other parts of Kerry and await orders.

The Sunday Independent carries countermanding order but senior IRB leaders decide to proceed with the Rising the following day, Easter Monday.

At about 11am, the countermanding order arrives in Tralee from Limerick.

Police recover the car in which Keating, Sheehan and Monahan drowned on Good Friday from the River Laune.

24 April (Easter Monday)

The Easter Rising begins in Dublin as Patrick Pearse reads the Proclamation outside the General Post Office. Rebels seize several strategic locations around the city.

Unsure of events in Dublin, Volunteers assembled at the Rink in Tralee are dismissed but told to remain under arms and ready to act if called upon.

An inquest into the Ballykissane drownings is held at Killorglin courthouse.


         Rosalie Rice

In Kenmare, Cumann na mBan member Rosalie Rice files a telegram with her cousins, Timothy and Eugene Ring, at the Valentia Island cable station. The cable reputedly reads ‘Mother operated on successfully today’, and informs Clan na Gael leader, John Devoy, in New York that the Rising has begun.


25 April (Tuesday)

Heavy casualties in Dublin as the fighting intensifies. Kerry natives take their positions at various garrisons around the city.


 Padraig O’Donoghue

26 April (Wednesday)

Meeting of Tralee officers decides no immediate action will be taken. British reinforcements begin to arrive in Dublin to quell the rebellion.

27 April (Thursday)

As fighting continues in Dublin, a large number of fires rage and food shortages are experienced. British forces begin to seize a number of rebel centres.

28 April (Friday)

Michael Mulvihill of Ballyduff, Patrick O’Connor of Rathmore, Patrick Shortis of Ballybunion, and The O’Rahilly of Ballylongford are killed in the fighting on Moore Street as the GPO garrison attempts to retreat to a new headquarters.


    Patrick O’Connor

Lispole native Thomas Ashe leads the attack on a large RIC force in Ashbourne, Co Meath.

The walls of the GPO begin to collapse as it comes under sustained attack.

29 April (Saturday)

Two RIC officers, Michael Cleary and Thomas McLoughlin, are shot by Volunteer Jim Riordan in Firies as they put up a notice prohibiting illegal assemblies.

Having retreated from the GPO, the rebels in Dublin surrender.

News of surrender reaches Kerry and other parts of the country.

30 April (Sunday)

Other rebel leaders at remaining outposts in Dublin surrender following receipt of orders.

Thomas Ashe is the last commandant to surrender, at his outpost in Ashbourne, Co Meath.


       Thomas Ashe