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Articles, photos and video of the before and after of the Easter Rising

  • Besides centuries of imposed imperialist rule the principal international context within which the events of Ireland’s 1916 Rising should be seen is provided by the Great War. This section introduces the early years of the War from 1914-1916 as a bloody backdrop to the Rising in Ireland.

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    British Troops at the Battle of the Somme

  • The domestic mood in Ireland prior to 1916 was inextricably linked to the Great War being fought in Europe. While initial support had been evident across most of nationalist and all of unionist Ireland, it fell rapidly when people realised it would not be over by Christmas 1914 as promised.

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    Unionists protest Home Rule in Belfast

  • Little is known about the true plans for the Easter Rising; for those who were involved it was a top secret affair. They hoped that the Rising would finally end British rule and lead to the the creation of an Ireland where all people could be free to accomplish their potential regardless of their wealth, class or religion.

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    These men played significant role in planning the Rising.

  • On Easter Monday, April 24 1916, approximately 1,250 men and women from the Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan­ under the command of James Connolly and Padraig Pearse ­seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic.

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    Rebels seized key sites in Dublin City Centre

  • British reaction to the Easter Rising was unrelenting across the country. Despite the fact that rebel activity had largely been centred on Dublin, martial law was proclaimed and extended across Ireland.

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    All of Ireland would be affected by the Rising

  • The immediate political response to the Rising was a mixture of outright hostility from a range of sources – the government, certain sections of the Catholic hierarchy, unionists across the whole of Ireland, and the home rule constituency – and an ominous silence from others.

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    The political aftermath was hostile and complex

  • The long term legacy of the 1916 Rising is a complex subject which is, has been and will continue to be the subject of heated debate, much reflection and manifold interpretation.

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    Much more would transpire in the coming years

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