Galway

Galway

Galway
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.