Did you know?
The CDETB Head Office is located in a very historic building. During the 1916 Rising Pembroke Town Hall was occupied by the Military H.Q Staff and martial law was in force. Commandant Eamon de Valera was incarcerated in this building.
Captain Edo John Hitzen (1886 – 1979) was the British Officer who took the surrender of Commandant Eamon de Valera on Grand Canal Street. Twenty-two years later he made contact with de Valera, via the British Prime Minister, offering the return of his revolutionary field binoculars. This led to a life-long friendship between Eamon de Valera and the British Officer who arrested him in the Easter Rising in 1916. The friendship spanned 50 years and in 1967 Captain Hitzen even became an honorary member of the Dublin Brigade of the old IRA.
Find out more when we open our building to the public next weekend Saturday 15 and Sunday 16th October. More details HERE.