Off to the races as revolution broke out
The reason Dublin was almost denuded of British officers on Easter Monday 1916 was because most of them were at the Fairyhouse Races, where Ireland’s most famous race, the Irish Grand National, was being run. It was a huge fashion day at the track with everyone, especially the ladies, in their finery.
News of the insurrection eventually reached the racetrack and there was a rush to return to Dublin, but the officers were held up by a massive horse and carriage and automobile jam. When many got back to Dublin they could not get to their posts because of snipers.
Written by Niall O’Dowd Source