I came across the following article by accident in research for Peter`s new site on the Civil War ( Peter, I am working on it ! ), those of you who are familiar with my posts will know I am interested in any reference to the "Secret World " of this era of Irish history
There is no date and only one page, but this can be confirmed by further investigation, it is taken from -
`The Samuels Collection, Box 3 held at Trinity College Library, Dublin and is part of the Samuels Collection of Printed Ephemera*( * ,there`s a word I hadn`t come across for some years, good quiz spelling question, close you eye`s and try and spell the word without cheating )
The Samuels Collection consists of printed ephemera of the 1916 Rebellion, World War 1, the War of Independence and the Civil War. It was gathered in part by the Royal Irish Constabulary, and collected by Athur Warren Samuels, Solicitor General for Ireland ( 1917 - 1918 ) and Attorney General for Ireland ( 1918 - 1919 ), it was presented to Trinity College Library, Dublin in the 1960`s `
" The cipher from which this document is copied does not indicate punctuation or capitals
The following precautionary measures have been sanctioned by the Irish Office on the recommendation of the General Officer Commanding the Forces in Ireland. All preparations will be made to put these measures in force immediately on receipt of an Order issued from the Chief Secretary`s Office, Dublin Castle, and signed by the Under Secretary and the General Officer Commanding the Forces in Ireland.
First, the following persons to be placed under arrest -
All members of the Sinn Fein National Council
The Central Executive Irish Sinn Fein Volunteers
General Council Irish Sinn Fein Volunteers
County Board Irish Sinn Fein Volunteers
Executive Committee National Volunteers
Coisde Gnota Committee Gaelic League
See list A 3 & 4 & supplementary list A 2( *1 )
Dublin Metropolitan Police & the Royal Irish Constabulary Forces in Dublin City will be confined to barracks under the direction of the Competent Military Authority. An order will be issued to inhabitants of city to remain in their houses until such time as the Competent Military Authority may otherwise direct or permit.
Pickets chosen from units of Territorial Force will be placed at all points marked on maps 3 & 4
Accompanying mounted patrols will continuously visit all points and report every hour. The following premises will be occupied by adequate forces, and all necessary measures used without reference to Headquarters ( *2 )
First, premises known as -
No.6 Harcourt Street,Sinn Fein Building
No.2 Dawson Street, Headquarters Volunteers
No.12 D`Olier Street, `Nationality ` Office
No.25 Rutland Square, Gaelic League Office
No.4 Rutland Square, Forestors Hall, Sinn Fein Volunteer premises in city
All National Volunteer premises in city -
Trade Council premises, Capel Street, Surrey House, Leinster Road, Rathmines
THE FOLLOWING PREMISES WILL BE ISOLATED, AND ALL COMMUNICATION TO OR FROM PREVENTED - PREMISES KNOWN AS ARCHBISHOP`S HOUSE, DRUMCONDRA, MANSION HOUSE, DAWSON STREET ( it is in capital letters in article ) * 1
No.40 Herbert Park
Larkfield, Kimmage Road
Woodtown Park, Ballyboden
Saint Edna`s College, Hermitage, Rathfarnham, and in addition premises in list 5 D , see Maps 3 & 4 " ( * 1 )
Note * 1 - The Intelligence Services seem to be well informed on the above address`s and premises, some names I am unfamiliar with
Note * 2 - " and all necessary measures used without need to reference to Headquarters " - what did this actually mean, use whatever force was needed, shoot to kill , no questions asked ?
An interesting cipher, was it put in place, and if so, when ?
Was this normal procedure for the DMP & the RIC to be confined to barracks when such operations were in force ?
With thanks to Trinity College Library, Dublin, who own the copyright, the Library has a vast collection of information relating to this period of Irish History