|Shotgun bayonets home made by the Irish Volunteers.|
The Irish Volunteers had been arming themselves for years before the Easter Rising against the British in 1916. They imported arms where and when they could acquire them, they bribed Lee Enfield rifles from serving British soldiers, and stole legally held weapons from registered holders. Of these stolen weapons, there were numerous single barrelled shotguns and it was decided to manufacture socket type bayonets to match them.
|These bayonets, secured to the shotguns by wing-nuts, were manufactured at the Railway Works at Inchicore, Dublin where a range of weapons and accoutrements were home made and repaired, including very effective hand grenades.|