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24 September 2014
Wars and Conflict - 1916 Rising

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Redmond’s success with the third Home Rule Bill unnerved republicans who believed that any settlement offering less than independence would weaken Irish national identity. They sought to rejuvenate Irish nationalism through a ‘blood sacrifice’. Find out how that ‘sacrifice’ radicalised public opinion and discover what kind of Ireland their Proclamation envisaged.
Image of soldiers standing on the roof of the Four Courts The background to the rising
Discover how a secret paramilitary brotherhood masterminded the Rising and how the Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Volunteers supported them.
Image of Sir Roger Casement Sir Roger Casement and the German connection
Patriot or traitor? Disenchanted with Britain’s Home Rule promises, Sir Roger Casement saw England’s difficulty as Ireland’s opportunity. Find out how his alliance with Germany during the First Word War was scuttled.
Image of people looking at ruined buildings The Easter Rising
The rebels surprised the British on Easter Monday with just a thousand men and women against 400 soldiers. By Friday all had changed; the rebels were outgunned by 20,000 troops. Was it sacrifice or slaughter?
Image of Pearse reading the Proclamation The Proclamation
The Proclamation of the Irish Republic was a radical document for its day. It called for equality of rights between men and women and an economic system that took care of the least able in society. Listen to how it differed from the French and American proclamations.
Image of ornately designed page with Proclamation signatories Blood sacrifice
Pearse believed Irish nationalism could be revitalised through a ‘blood sacrifice’. He wrote that bloodshed was a cleansing and sanctifying thing. Find out whether Pearse’s views on patriotism differed from his European contemporaries.
Image of James Connolly Perspectives
Find out how James Connolly, the socialist trade union leader, Edward Carson, the stalwart Ulster unionist and Michael Collins, the pragmatic revolutionary viewed the Rising.

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