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Secret orders from Irish Office is today's image from the Mason Collection and describes an operation to sweep up Irish Republicans in 1916. That it was a military only and not a combined operation, is clear from the fact that the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Royal Irish Constabulary will be confined to barracks. When was this and what was the result of the operation?

Photographer: Thomas H. Mason

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: 1890-1910 20 April 1916 (date of the original document)

NLI Ref: M44/11

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Jan/2021 08:40:41

    Just to draw your attention to a recent comment on the below image posted 7 years ago. It gives a clear date when the image was taken and other information that will prove useful. Have a look? https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/10722046364

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    • 13/Jan/2021 08:47:33

    April 20 1916 according to - www.adams.ie/SECRET-ORDERS-ISSUED-TO-MILITARY-OFFICERS-kn... Yours for €1,000.00

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    • 13/Jan/2021 08:51:45

    From the above link - "... The Nationalist weekly paper, New Ireland, edited by Patrick J. Little (1884-1963), published the text of the document, a single sheet handbill entitled ''Secret Orders issued to Military Officers'' in its issue for Saturday 22 April 1916 (vol. II no. 49), just two days before the Easter Rising began. However MacNeill discovered, sometime around 20 April that the 'Castle Document' was a fake. He put an advertisement in the Irish Independent newspaper which told all volunteers that 'No parades, marches or other movements of the Volunteers will take place.' This cancellation caused the IRB to move back the rebellion one day to Easter Monday - 24 April, 1916. Many rural Volunteers, who had come to town on Sunday only to hear the rebellion was cancelled, returned home. Although all the Rising's leaders now realised that they were doomed, they still went ahead with the plans for rebellion. There are only one or two recorded copies of this important document in public records. Very few can have survived as the printing would appear to have been small and the method of distribution via newspapers aborted. None of the textbook histories actually quote from it but rather paraphrase its content.. In terms of this identification, the only full printing of the was in the last issue of New Ireland before its suppression just prior to the Rising. ... ... "

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    • 13/Jan/2021 08:59:26

    "and what was the result of the operation?" The divided Ireland you enjoy to this day.

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    • 13/Jan/2021 21:03:55

    So this is the actual text of the Castle Document forgery?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Jan/2021 22:18:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/inuitmonster So it seems.

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    • 13/Jan/2021 22:45:29

    Buenas fotos antiguas ,