A significant number of men in the West were prepared to fight for Irish independence. Since the early nineteenth century, Galway had a secret society determined to redistribute land from the large landowners to the tenant farmer. Therefore, it was no surprise that this society would support the Irish Volunteers. Over 2,000 men were ready to act when called by the Military Council in Dublin.
On Easter Monday, two attacks on barracks in Clarinbridge and Oranmore were unsuccessful. After fire fight at Carnmore crossroads where an RIC District Inspector and local constable were shot, rebels assembled at Athenry. Unfortunately, the rebel position was exposed and retreat was necessary.
The Galway rising fizzled out as the HMS Gloucester shelled fields around Athenry. The rebels gave in on Saturday and returned to their homes, while other leaders ran to Belfast or the US. The following week, most of the rebels were arrested.