23 April 2016
Sunday, April 24 marks the centenary of the start of the Easter Rising, an armed insurrection in Ireland which was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I.
The slogan ‘England's difficulty is Ireland's opportunity’ became synonymous among Irish nationalists in World War I and the driving force behind physical force nationalism in Ireland during the first half of the twentieth century. As the war continued with no immediate end in sight, by 1916, members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood decided to stage an uprising in order to gain independence. Plans were secretly put into place to stage the rebellion for Easter Sunday 1916...
“When we are all wiped out, people will blame us for everything, condemn us…(but) in a few years they will see the meaning of what we tried to do.”Patrick Pearse, one of leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising