A member of F Company in the 4th Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, Gerald Doyle fought in the South Dublin Union during the Easter Rising. He was part of small group of Volunteers led by Captain George Irvine that occupied a hut at the back of the Union. The group fired on British troops and, after a gun fight in which one Volunteer was killed and another wounded, they were captured. After being sent to the Kilmainham police station and Richmond Barracks, Doyle was sentenced to death. This sentence was reduced to three years penal servitude and he was released in June 1917 after serving time in Portland and Lewes prisons. Doyle subsequently fought in both the War of Independence and the Civil War, taking the anti-Treaty side on the latter occasion.
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