The 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence that followed in 1919-21 transformed the political landscape in Ireland. You can explore the events leading up to 1916, the Insurrection itself and its aftermath, through essays, photographs, sound archive, music and newspapers from the period.
This historical backdrop introduces Redmond’s Home Rule campaign and Ulster unionists’ resistance to it. Find out about the Dublin Lockout and the Irish Citizen Army.
The Rising occurred when Britain and Ireland were at war with Germany. Discover how the rebels enlisted the support of Britain’s enemy.
The Rebels were vilified for enlisting German support. Find out how these ‘traitors’ became martyrs and rejuvenated the political demand for Irish independence.