“When the GPO was abandoned, Henry place became the site of the final retreat. A young volunteer – Sean McLoughlin – found himself suddenly promoted to lead the retreat under heavy gunfire.” (Storymap Dublin)
A great account by historian John Gibney of the retreat from the GPO to Moore Street in Easter Week and the role played by Sean McLoughlin in those final moments.
As well as being a prominent Irish Volunteer, Sean McLoughlin was also a senior member of Na Fianna Eireann.
He joined the Fianna in 1910 and became a Lieutenant at the Sluagh based at Blackhall Street. He went on to become a Fianna Captain in 1915. During Easter week he held both Fianna and Irish Volunteer rank.
Following his release from Frongoch in December 1916, he became acting Chief of Staff of the Fianna while Eamon Martin was in the USA. He also held the post of Director of Training during the same period. Upon Eamon Martin’s return, Sean acted as his assistant at Fianna HQ until around 1919. As well as his duties at Fianna headquarters, Sean was also one of those responsible for Fianna inspections, training and organising outside the Dublin region.