Easter Rising


I just checked the calendar. I was too busy to remember St. Patrick’s Day, but remembered that today is Easter in the Christian west.  I was also reminded that tomorrow marks 100-years since the “Easter Rising” in Dublin, Ireland which actually began on Easter Monday, 24 April, 1916.
Early that morning, Irish republicans seized key installations in Dublin, and proclaimed an Irish Republic. The British government, busy fighting World War 1, was not amused. The British Army suppressed the rebellion in about a week using heavy-handed measures including firing field artillery into populated areas, incendiaries, and lynching 17-year olds from lamp posts in Dublin city.
Almost all the republican leaders were captured, faced court-martials, whereupon most were hanged.  They remain buried together in a common grave behind the Dublin’s main prison. Six years later, much of Ireland was granted independence by the British crown after more than 700 years of direct English rule. 
 
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