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1916 RISING - 06/05/1916 Arrest of seven Naas inhabitants following the events of Easter Week

06/05/1916 Leinster Leader
Arrests in Naas
        The police in Naas and the vicinity have been exceedingly active during the week in ascertaining the identity of all persons passing through the district and the object of their journeys. On Saturday morning the police, in conjunction with the military authorities, visited a number of houses in Naas and took into custody seven well-known inhabitants of the town, viz. Messrs. M. O’Kelly, Editor; C. Byrne, Mono-Operator; R. Furlong, Farm Labourer; P. Grehan, shopkeeper; T.J. Williams, Journalist; A. Sweeney,- P. Mooney, Chauffeur. These were conveyed to the police barracks and subsequently removed under heavy military escort to the Naas military barracks where they were detained. Afterwards an active search was carried out by the p[olice authorities of all the houses in which the persons detained had resided and in some cases their places of business were subjected to a similar search. On Monday evening motors conveyed the prisoners from the military barracks to a destination unknown. One of them, Mr. T.J. Williams was released after the removal of the others, the authorities expressing themselves as satisfied that he was not connected with any of the societies responsible for the recent disturbances.

A Leinster Leader article describing the arrest of several individuals suspected of involvement in the 1916 Rising.

[compiled and edited by Mario Corrigan; typed and edited by Niamh McCabe]

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