View to a Profit

Last Friday, we read some “Incidents of the Rising” reported in the Irish Independent of the 4th of May, 1916. This was the first issue of the paper to appear since the Rising on Easter Monday, April 24th. In among the sadder news, this item about some budding entrepreneurs made us laugh:

“During the first fighting last week youths from the slums were charging sixpence at Amiens Street Station for the use of binoculars which they handed to sightseers to look at the barricades erected by the insurgents at the corner of Earl street. The binoculars were stated to have been obtained in the looting.”

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