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24 September 2014
Wars and Conflict - 1916 Rising

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The Rising brought about a renewed interest in an independent Ireland. Learn how the Rebels, denounced as traitors during the Rising, were hailed as heroes and martyrs after their executions. Find out why the Irish soldiers who fought with Britain against Germany were ostracised after the war. Learn about how Ireland moved from a failed insurrection to independence.
Image of blindfolded rebel The executions
General Maxwell’s policy to execute the rebel leaders turned men who had been described as traitors a week before into heroes. Discover how Pearse’s ‘blood sacrifice’ strategy revitalised Irish nationalism.
Image of soldiers in trenches The forgotten soldiers
They went to fight for Catholic Belgium so that small nations like Ireland might be free. Yet when they returned many were ostracised. How did the Irish war heroes of 1914 come to be seen as ‘traitors’ in 1918?
Image of Sinn Féin logo from 1916 The rise of Sinn Féin
Read about how Sinn Féin, wrongly accused of orchestrating the Rising, managed to out-poll the powerful Irish Parliamentary Party in the 1918 General Election.
Image of Michael Collins The Anglo-Irish war
How did a small guerrilla army manage to win independence from the most powerful empire the world had ever seen? Discover where and when the first shot was fired in Ireland’s war of independence.
Image of people looking at ruined buildings The Black and Tans
The Black and Tans’ counter-terrorist activities horrified public opinion in Britain. Find out how they got their name and why they became a hated force in Ireland.
Image of soldiers carrying a tricolour The Treaty
Find out why a republican and a pragmatic revolutionary signed a Treaty that left the Irish Free State within the British Empire and subject to the Crown.

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