Where, however, the British assaulted Volunteer positions dominating the routes into the city, fighting was much more bloody.There they were drawn into street fighting, with its invisible snipers and sudden close range cross-fires, which negated their superiority in men and firepower.Inside Clanwilliam House, two Volunteers, Patrick Doyle and Tom Walsh, shouted over the noise of battle, “Isn’t this a great day for Ireland? Eventually, on the Thursday, the position was stormed when the British brought up machine guns and explosives.
As it was they occupied the stately Clanwilliam House – commanding the crossing over the Grand Canal – and two houses on Northumberland road, an upper class, leafy, red-bricked neighbourhood.
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Not all of the Sherwood Foresters casualties were fatalities however.
The Irish Times published the military’s official list of casualties on May 11, which listed 4 officers and 24 other ranks of the Sherwood Foresters killed, along with a much larger number, over 200, badly wounded .