It’s April the 8th, 2012, Easter Monday in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and the ninety-sixth anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Nine decades ago, on the morning of Easter Monday, April 24th 1916, some 1250 men and women belonging to several Irish republican organisations came together in Dublin city and county with the intention of spearheading a general insurrection against British colonial rule across the island of Ireland. Orchestrated by a secret revolutionary movement, the Irish Republican Brotherhood (popularly known as the Fenians), the separate groupings which took to the streets of the capital, and a number of provincial towns and districts, were to influence the history of Ireland, and the United Kingdom, for much of the next century. They included,
The majority Irish Volunteers (IV), a republican and nationalist militia originally established to secure the fulfilment of a British government promise of so-called “home rule” or limited autonomy for Ireland within the then “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland”.
The minority Irish Citizen Army (ICA)…
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