A member of the IRB since 1911, Kevin McCabe joined F Company in the 2nd Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers in 1913. He was sent on an abortive mission to collect German arms in Kerry two days before the Easter Rising and returned to the GPO shortly after it was seized on Easter Monday. He was posted to Noblett’s Sweet Shop on the corner of North Earl Street, which was held until Thursday after coming under heavy fire. After being captured in the basement of a tenement house the following day, McCabe was interned in Knutsford Jail and Frongoch prison camp until December 1916. He moved to Galway upon his release but returned to Dublin in 1919, where he fought in the War of Independence.
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