Jack Gogan, tea-taster, Dublin, 1916
King nor Kaiser.
When rebellion brewed, the tea-taster volunteered for Irish freedom at Roe’s Distillery (did he sip?).
Creating the Centena
Yes hes the one to write about alright the irony of being in a war that day but having nothing to do with the big war and him in an anti-war action I suppose being one of the volunteers taking part in the 1916 rising when Britain’s attention was turned the other way it didn’t take them long though to bring their attention to Dublin and bomb the shite out of it no wonder the volunteers gave up and them with no guns to speak of maybe its all myth but thats whats gone down as family history and its as much research I have from hearsay and of course the family history book uncle Tom wrote and Dad added to before he died you know that story of Jack arresting the DMP man in the name of the Irish Republic and how he got ratted out trying to get across the river to safety to his cousins over in Cabra only to be arrested on the way and nothing heard of him for days and his poor ma driven demented not knowing what to think until someone from the tea tasters say him being marched down the quays and kicked into the hold of a cattle ship that still had shit in it thats when he injured his back and off they were all taken to the prison camp where himself and the likes of the tall fella had time and brains to work out the plans for the war of independence against Britain that was at war already and that sent the black and tans gangsters and gougers that they were to terrorise innocent women and children in Dublin including it turns out in a nice twist of fate the woman who’s house was ransacked by the bastards and she who went on to marry Jack and have the eight kids with him including my Dad and only for Jack to die young from his back injury after setting up a life as a merchant benefactor and chairman of the very hospital he died in leaving eight chislers behind my own father being just 15 and one of the eldest and his story needs to be told and thats why yes hes the one to write about and yes I said yes I will Yes.
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