From East Belfast to the Gresham Hotel

When James Mitchell travelled from his home in East Belfast to Dublin on Easter Weekend of 1916 his main objective was to enlist in the British Army for service in the Great War. Over the course of the next week Mitchell found himself marooned in The Gresham Hotel and witnessed first-hand the ‘ghastly sights’ that unfolded on Dublin’s streets. Incredibly, he penned an ongoing and evocative account of the events of Easter Week on Gresham Hotel headed notepaper. Join historian Jason Burke as he examines Mitchell’s account of that remarkable week.