Dublin Battlefield Tours

History books can only take you so far…

Dublin Battlefield Tours will take you the rest of the way.

Easter Rising 1916 Flag

Easter Rising 1916 Flag

Retrace the footsteps of those who fought in the battles of the past.

Why not visit the battlefields and the places in Dublin where some of the most dramatic events of the 1916 Rising unfolded.

Dublin, Ireland is very far from the killing fields of the Western Front. Yet it was here in the spring of 1916 that thousands of British soldiers found themselves in action, in what was then considered the second city of the British Empire. The graveyards of Dublin hold the remains of a number of those that fell in action, their neglected and often forgotten gravestones reminders of a turbulent past and a fallen generation.



1916 Plaque on Mount St. Bridge

1916 Plaque on Mount St. Bridge

At 11.00 hrs on Easter Monday 1916 Lieutenant Michael Malone led sixteen Volunteers from “C” company, 3rd battalion towards Mount Street Bridge, a key crossing point into Dublin city. Their orders: to prevent British reinforcements from entering Dublin.

Here they set up several well-located positions from the bridge to the junction of Northumberland Road and Pembroke Road. The original plan was to occupy five strategically located positions along this route. The first was Carrisbrooke House, the second was number 25 Northumberland Road, the third and fourth were the Parochial Hall and the Schoolhouse and the fifth and final position was Clanwilliam House. Later, a sixth position, that of Roberts yard would be occupied.

What unfolded later that week was a bloody clash with two Battalions of the Sherwood Forester regiment. Hear their stories told by military historian and author Paul O’Brien.

Sunday 13th April 2014 @ 12 noon

Price for tours is €10 per person or €8.00 concession

Free State handbill on the destruction of the Four Courts

Free State handbill on the destruction of the Four Courts


On Easter Monday, the 24th April 1916, Commandant Edward Daly commanding the 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, occupied the Four Courts and the surrounding area.

Ensconced in a labyrinth of streets, alleyways and tenement buildings, Daly and the Volunteers created a killing ground that would witness some of the fiercest fighting of the 1916 Rising.

Join historian Paul O’Brien as he relates the true story of one of the moist bloodiest engagements of the Rising and of the atrocities that were committed on North King St.

DATE: Watch this space for dates and further info



Fusiliers Arch

Fusiliers Arch

Commandant Michael Mallin of the Irish Citizen Army had the difficult task of securing St. Stephen’s Green during the 1916 Rising.

One of the most difficult area of operations, Mallin and his unit carried out their orders and fought with great tenacity during Easter week.

Join historian Paul O’Brien to learn more about this battle and to dispel many of the inaccuracies that have clouded this epic battlefield.

DATE: Watch this space for dates and further info





Paul O’Brien Historian/Author in  Bully's Acre. Pic: Aoife Barry/TheJournal.ie

Paul O’Brien Historian/Author in Bully’s Acre. Pic: Aoife Barry/TheJournal.ie

Join historian and author Paul O’Brien as he tells the story of this little-known graveyard in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. He will take you on an unique tour of the (almost) last resting place of Robert Emmet and many generations of Dubliners’ – commoners, businessmen, captains and privates… even the sons of kings. This is a story of religion, grave-robbing, poverty and sickness, and and is a must for all interested in the history of Dublin itself

Tours will take place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. Booking is essential for this as places are limited. This tour is carried out in conjunction with the OPW as part of the Communities Initiative.

Call or email now to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 27th April 2014 @ 2pm

To book a group contact dublinbattlefieldtours@hotmail.com or contact us here