The homepage image is the entry recorded on the Independent Newspapers newsroom diary for Monday 24 April 1916. The note – written across the length of the diary page – reads ‘Revolution breaks out in City between 11 and 12 noon’. One reporter in the newsroom that day was Tralee born Michael Knightly. A member of the Irish Volunteers, Knightly had been due to travel to Cork to cover a teachers’ conference but, having been informed of the impending Rising, remained in Dublin and was in the newsroom of Independent House when the Irish Volunteers seized the General Post Office on O’Connell St. When news of the Rising reached the newsroom Knightly immediately went to the GPO to join the rebellion. It’s not known who wrote the entry on the newsroom diary that day – Knightly might have done it before he rushed to join his comrades – but it’s a unique record of the events that would lead to the birth of an independent state. Knightly survived the Rising and was interned in Frongoch camp in Wales. On his release he returned to his post as a reporter with Independent Newspapers and in later life served as chief press censor during the Second World War.
IMAGE CREDIT: The Gerry Murphy Paper, MHC DCU Special Collections and Archives