Wednesday 26 April
Commandant Ned Daly's men in the area of the Four Courts burned the Linenhall Barracks. At noon Commandant Seán Heuston and the garrison at the Mendicity Institution were forced to surrender. The military cordon separating the insurgents to the north and south of the river Liffey was extended and strengthened as reinforcements became available. The gunboat Helga on the Liffey and field guns to the south of the Liffey commenced shelling Liberty hall and the area around the GPO. Army reinforcements from England arrived at Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) but were held up at Mount Stree Bridge (an outpost of Commandant Eamon de Valera's position at Boland's bakery) on their way into Dublin. The British suffered heavy losses before the few surviving Volunteers were forced to withdraw. General Maxwell was appointed to take command of the forces in Ireland. In the inner city there was great scarcity of essential foodstuffs such as bread and milk.