The Irish Volunteers in Galway were under the charge of Liam Mellows. After being expelled for paramilitary activities to England, he was brought covertly back to Ireland disguised as a priest by James Connolly’s daughter, Nora.
The failure to secure arms for Galway after the Aud episode, aligned with the confusion over Eoin MacNeil’s countermand, resulted in a smaller-than-expected turnout.
But after capturing RIC men at Oranmore, the Volunteers took over an agricultural station at Athenry, and held off a larger force of RIC in the process. By Friday, however, the rebels dispersed as news arrived that rebel strongholds in Dublin were collapsing and a British warship, the HMS Gloucester, had arrived in Galway Bay.