Friday 28 April
General Maxwell arrived in Dubin early that morning. Also that morning Pearse issued a statement admitting that the Rising was almost over, but claiming that the Volunteers would win the fight "although they may win it in death." At Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Thomas Ashe and the 5th Dublin Battalion had the greatest success of the Rising when they forced a large contingent of police to surrender. By evening the GPO was on fire; the garrison evacuated to houses in the Moore Street area. The O'Rahilly was mortally wounded while leading a charge to clear the way for the evacuation. That night there was intense fighting in the North King Street area held by Commandant Ned Daly's men.