Seosamh De Brun - Commentary
Seosamh de Brun arrived at the revolution by tram, having run home to change into uniform when he met some mobilised Volunteers. His account of his time in Jacob’s is strong on the physical deprivations suffered by the garrison – initially poor sleeping and washing arrangements, only biscuits and sweets to eat. He also describes a study circle set up by some of the garrison, which used books from the Jacob’s library. De Brun took part in the bicycle sortie to relieve Boland’s Mills. His statement is 19th century Romantic in style, full of idealistic admiration for his superiors and convinced of the importance of Jacob’s in the overall scheme of the Rising.