[96], The rebel position at the South Dublin Union (site of the present-day St. James's Hospital) and Marrowbone Lane, further west along the canal, also inflicted heavy losses on British troops. Much to the anger of many Volunteers, MacCurtain, under pressure from Catholic clergy, agreed to surrender his men's arms to the British. Trinity was largely empty, its students all on vacation, so the first armed group to arrive in force would almost certainly have won the day, especially after taking control of the OTC armory. The 4th battalion, under Éamonn Ceannt, occupied the South Dublin Union and the distillery on Marrowbone Lane. They were attacked by rebels who had taken up position at Annesley Bridge. GPO tour. About 3,500 people were taken prisoner by the British and 1,800 of them were sent to internment camps or prisons in Britain. [172] When occupying positions in the South Dublin Union and Jacob's factory, the rebels got involved in physical confrontations with civilians who tried to tear down the rebel barricades and prevent them taking over buildings. Elsewhere, at Portobello Barracks, an officer named Bowen Colthurst summarily executed six civilians, including the pacifist nationalist activist, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington. [100] The enraged troops broke into the houses along the street and shot or bayoneted fifteen unarmed male civilians whom they accused of being rebel fighters.[101]. [3][4] Opposition took various forms: constitutional (the Repeal Association; the Home Rule League), social (disestablishment of the Church of Ireland; the Land League) and revolutionary (Rebellion of 1848; Fenian Rising). Of the 485 people killed, 260 were civilians, 143 were British military and police personnel, and 82 were Irish rebels, including 16 rebels executed for their roles in the Rising. [65] The rebels instead laid siege to the Castle from City Hall. [75], Three unarmed Dublin Metropolitan Police were shot dead on the first day of the Rising and their Commissioner pulled them off the streets. In 1886, the Irish Parliamentary Party under Charles Stewart Parnell succeeded in having the First Home Rule Bill introduced in the British parliament, but it was defeated. British forces initially put their efforts into securing the approaches to Dublin Castle and isolating the rebel headquarters, which they believed was in Liberty Hall. Its leader was Eoin MacNeill, who was not an IRB member. [95] It had taken nearly nine hours for the British to advance 300 yd (270 m). Rory Sweetman revisits the story of the Easter Rising and the threats posed to Trinity College during that fateful week. [178] He wrote of crowds cheering a column of rebel prisoners as it passed, with one woman remarking "Shure, we cheer them. CHARGE!’ once his Citizen Army column reached Trinity’s front gate at midday on Easter Monday? 1932 De Valera elected Taoiseach of Ireland. A native of Tipperary, born in 1878, MacDonagh spent the early part of his career as a teacher. Wimborne had also reluctantly resigned, recalled to London by Lloyd George, but was re-appointed in late 1917. [190], With the outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, government, academics and the media began to revise the country's militant past, and particularly the Easter Rising. [164], A Royal Commission was set up to enquire into the causes of the Rising. With the advent of a Provisional IRA ceasefire and the beginning of what became known as the Peace Process during the 1990s, the government's view of the Rising grew more positive and in 1996 an 80th anniversary commemoration at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin was attended by the Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, John Bruton. [186] Medals were issued by the government to survivors who took part in the Rising at the event. The Kent brothers, who were Volunteers, engaged in a three-hour firefight with the RIC. After the death of Parnell, younger and more radical nationalists became disillusioned with parliamentary politics and turned toward more extreme forms of separatism. Under the influence of this field, some electrons in the electroluminescent phosphor are excited. [22], In May 1915, Clarke and MacDermott established a Military Committee or Military Council within the IRB, consisting of Pearse, Plunkett and Ceannt, to draw up plans for a rising. “The Irish people will only be free, when they own everything from the plough to the stars.” “If Pearse was the soul of the Rising,” wrote Joe Good in 'Enchanted by Dreams,' “James Connolly was its heart.”. They made unsuccessful attacks on the RIC barracks at Clarinbridge and Oranmore, captured several officers, and bombed a bridge and railway line, before taking up position near Athenry. Most of the rebels' positions had been chosen to defend against counter-attacks from these barracks. The GPO and the 1916 rising. For that matter, the rebels needed only to capture John Joly, Trinity’s well-known professor of Geology, on one of his incautious spying expeditions to their strongholds to have secured a key to one of the several side gates to college. During the return of these electrons to their ground or normal state the excess energy is radiated as light. [48], Fighting erupted along the northern edge of the city centre on Tuesday afternoon. RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, as one of its first major undertakings made a series of commemorative programmes for the 1966 anniversary of the Rising. Most of the executions took place over a ten-day period: As the executions went on, the Irish public grew increasingly hostile towards the British and sympathetic to the rebels. Or had members of Eamon de Valera’s 3rd Battalion rushed past the sole porter at the Lincoln Place Gate or dropped down silently from the Loop Line bridge behind the Officer Training Corps [OTC] headquarters, unseen and unheard by its corporal’s guard? [44] When news reached Dublin of the capture of the Aud and the arrest of Casement, Nathan conferred with the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Wimborne. This extract from Defending Trinity College Dublin explores how close Taaffe’s nightmare came to being realized. Led by Sir Edward Carson and James Craig, they formed the Ulster Volunteers (UVF) in January 1913. In March 2016 a permanent exhibition opened in its walls as part of the 1916 Easter Rising celebrations, a self-guided tour explaining the key role of the GPO during what many call a turning point in Irish history. [138] One Royal Irish Regiment officer recalled, "they regarded, not unreasonably, everyone they saw as an enemy, and fired at anything that moved". The Irish tricolour: flown over the GPO during the Rising, it was soon acclaimed throughout the country as the national flag. [199], Plaque commemorating the Easter Rising at the General Post Office, Dublin, with the Irish text in Gaelic script, and the English text in regular Latin script, This bronze statue of the dying Cú Chulainn was unveiled in the General Post Office, Dublin, in 1935 in memory of the Easter Rising, Memorial in Cobh, County Cork, to the Volunteers from that town, Mural in Belfast depicting the Easter Rising of 1916, Memorial in Clonmacnoise commemorating men of County Offaly (then King's County) who fought in 1916: James Kenny, Kieran Kenny and Paddy McDonnell are named, Flag and copy of the Proclamation in Clonegal, The Easter Rising lasted from Easter Monday 24 April 1916 to Easter Saturday 29 April 1916. Click below to find out about a tour for your class. With much greater numbers and heavier weapons, the British Army suppressed the Rising. Share your favorite stories with other history buffs in the IrishCentral History Facebook group. Civilians were evacuated and policemen were ejected or taken prisoner. However, neither arrived and no actions were taken.[131]. © Copyright 2021 Irish Studio LLC All rights reserved. The rebels had established strong outposts in the area, occupying numerous small buildings and barricading the streets. The most prominent leader to escape execution was Éamon de Valera, Commandant of the 3rd Battalion, who did so partly because of his American birth.[144]. [106] Sporadic fighting, therefore, continued until Sunday, when word of the surrender was got to the other rebel garrisons. For the beleaguered rebel outposts, Trinity would then have become a place of refuge; even the headquarters garrison at the GPO and Ned Daly’s 1st Battalion at the Four Courts might have made it across the Liffey, especially with the rebel snipers commanding Carlisle (later O’Connell) Bridge from the heights of Trinity. ", Trinity’s defenders applauded the use of artillery against rebel strongholds instead of the "expensive tactics" of a frontal assault by troops. Barricades were erected on the streets to hinder British Army movement. The Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) was a driving force behind the Irish Volunteers and attempted to control it. Trying to stir up trouble for us all. Der Einsatz von S.M.H. The Post Office dates way back to 1660 when it was established by Charles II. The Easter Rising resulted in at least 485 deaths, according to the Glasnevin Trust. Retrouvez GPO Staff During the 1916 Rising: Business as Usual by Stephen Ferguson (Illustrated, 23 Apr 2012) Paperback et des millions de livres en … [105], The other posts surrendered only after Pearse's surrender order, carried by nurse Elizabeth O'Farrell, reached them. A handful of porters armed with pikes? It was mounted by Irish republicans to end British rule. Elsewhere, they hit civilians with their rifle butts to drive them off. The next morning, Colthurst had Skeffington and the two journalists shot by firing squad in Portobello Barracks. Who would have stopped them? 1916 The Easter Rising is ... Fianna Fail party formed and led by DeVelera. The coin featured a bust of Patrick Pearse on the obverse and an image of the statue of Cú Chulainn in the GPO on the reverse. From NLI. The City Coroner's inquest found that soldiers had killed "unarmed and unoffending" residents. It was decided to postpone action until after Easter Monday, and in the meantime, Nathan telegraphed the Chief Secretary, Augustine Birrell, in London seeking his approval. However, it chose not to inform the rank-and-file, or moderates such as MacNeill, until the last minute. [11] The Irish Volunteers' stated goal was "to secure and to maintain the rights and liberties common to all the people of Ireland". [48] By the following morning, British forces had re-captured City Hall and taken the rebels prisoner. [110], In the north, Volunteer companies were mobilised in County Tyrone at Coalisland (including 132 men from Belfast led by IRB President Dennis McCullough) and Carrickmore, under the leadership of Patrick McCartan. Maxwell concluded that such incidents "are absolutely unavoidable in such a business as this" and that "under the circumstance the troops [...] behaved with the greatest restraint". During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising's leaders. [179] Áine Ceannt witnessed British soldiers arresting a woman who cheered the captured rebels. Even after the alarm was raised, the gates were secured and armed sentries posted, Trinity was still not safe from invasion. Sixteen of the Rising's leaders were executed in May 1916, but the insurrection, the nature of the executions, and subsequent political developments ultimately contributed to an increase in popular support for Irish independence. [121] The public largely supported the rebels and many local men offered to join them. During Easter Week 1916 Michael Taaffe, a … [97] British troops also took casualties in unsuccessful frontal assaults on the Marrowbone Lane Distillery. [111] However, in part because of the confusion caused by the countermanding order, the Volunteers in these locations dispersed without fighting. He was executed on 12 May 1916. [17] On 14 September 1915 an Order in Council was made under the Suspensory Act to suspend the Government of Ireland Act until 18 March 1916. [citation needed], One incident was the 'Portobello killings'. What brings tourists to Ireland over and over again? During the Rising a rumor spread in the suburbs that, should the rebels succeed in their audacious enterprise, Patrick Pearse was to be Trinity’s new Provost. [104] Pearse surrendered unconditionally to Brigadier-General Lowe. The soldiers shot or bayoneted the victims, then secretly buried some of them in cellars or back yards after robbing them. [48], The rebels did not attempt to take some other key locations, notably Trinity College, in the heart of the city centre and defended by only a handful of armed unionist students. Eberspächer, Cord/Wiechmann, Gerhard: "Erfolg Revolution kann Krieg entscheiden". Trinity meant little to soldiers like Lowe and Maxwell, and as the historian Charles Townshend notes, "an alien kind of militarism was in the ascendant" during the Rising. Organised by a seven-man Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916 and lasted for six days. British troops would no longer be able to simply bypass and ignore rebel strongholds like Boland’s Bakery and Jacob’s Biscuit Factory. There would be fewer insurgent leaders for General Maxwell to execute, but the shock of their grisly deaths would contribute to shifting public opinion in their favor. Furthermore, Casement was captured shortly after he landed at Banna Strand.[42]. [93] The British eventually took the position, which had not been reinforced by the nearby rebel garrison at Boland's Mills, on Thursday,[94] but the fighting there inflicted up to two-thirds of their casualties for the entire week for a cost of just four dead Volunteers. [132][133] This was due to MacNeill's countermanding order, and the fact that the new orders had been sent so soon beforehand. O'Brien and others asserted that the Rising was doomed to military defeat from the outset, and that it failed to account for the determination of Ulster Unionists to remain in the United Kingdom. Elsie Mahaffy scoffed at the idea, but Pearse ended Easter Week as Commandant-in-Chief of the Army of the Republic and President of the Provisional Government, and within a few years the railway station and main street on Trinity’s northern boundary would both bear his name (over the energetic protests of Trinity’s board). During Easter Week 1916 Michael Taaffe, a medical student, was part of the small garrison that defended Trinity College from insurgent attack. Many went home and were arrested following the Rising, while others, including Mellows, went "on the run". From here they set up lookout posts and sent out scouting parties. The Fingal Battalion: A Blueprint for the Future? A few months after the Easter Rising, W. B. Yeats commemorated some of the fallen figures of the Irish Republican movement, as well as his torn emotions regarding these events, in the poem Easter, 1916. They took over a wireless telegraph station and sent out a radio broadcast in Morse code, announcing that an Irish Republic had been declared. [124][126] The rebels retreated further south to Limepark, another abandoned country house. [145][147] Redmond's deputy, John Dillon, made an impassioned speech in parliament, saying "thousands of people […] who ten days ago were bitterly opposed to the whole of the Sinn Fein movement and to the rebellion, are now becoming infuriated against the Government on account of these executions". In 2016 The Enemy Files, a documentary presented by a former British Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Portillo, was shown on RTÉ One and the BBC, ahead of the centenary. Exhausted and almost out of ammunition, Heuston's men became the first rebel position to surrender. [149] After Connolly's execution, Maxwell bowed to pressure and had the other death sentences commuted to penal servitude. Irish Unionists, who were overwhelmingly Protestants, opposed it, as they did not want to be ruled by a Catholic-dominated Irish government. They tunnelled through the walls of the neighbouring buildings in order to evacuate the Post Office without coming under fire and took up a new position in 16 Moore Street. [168] James Stephens, who was in Dublin during the week, thought, "None of these people were prepared for Insurrection. The president of the courts-martial was Charles Blackader. The GPO after 1916. Given Maxwell’s refusal to accept anything less than unconditional surrender and the rebel leaders’ desire for as spectacular a "blood sacrifice" as possible, the stage was set for a fight to the death, possibly across the Fellows’ Garden as Taaffe had envisaged. [35], On Wednesday 19 April, Alderman Tom Kelly, a Sinn Féin member of Dublin Corporation, read out at a meeting of the corporation a document purportedly leaked from Dublin Castle, detailing plans by the British authorities to shortly arrest leaders of the Irish Volunteers, Sinn Féin and the Gaelic League, and occupy their premises. [70], The British military were caught totally unprepared by the Rising and their response of the first day was generally un-coordinated. Although the Volunteer and IRB leaders were not against a rising in principle, they were of the opinion that it was not opportune at that moment. 2016 marks the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising. The 1916 Rising has been studied from many different angles over the years but the unique perspective of GPO staff on the events of Easter Week has not previously been examined. More than 2,600 people were wounded. The destruction of "the College’s greatest asset" would have been a tragedy on the scale of the loss of the University of Louvain’s library, in August 1914. Unbeknownst to the rebels, the Castle was lightly guarded and could have been taken with ease. His was the first signature on the Proclamation of the Republic, followed by Padraig Pearse, whom he fought alongside in the GPO during Easter Week. When MacNeill learned from Volunteer Patrick Whelan that the arms shipment had been lost, he reverted to his original position. One Volunteer in the GPO recalled, "we did practically no shooting as there was no target". [16], The Supreme Council of the IRB met on 5 September 1914, just over a month after the British government had declared war on Germany. Among them was the seriously wounded Connolly, who was shot while tied to a chair because of his shattered ankle. The Gaelic Athletic Association, the Gaelic League and the cultural revival under W. B. Yeats and Augusta, Lady Gregory, together with the new political thinking of Arthur Griffith expressed in his newspaper Sinn Féin and organisations such as the National Council and the Sinn Féin League, led many Irish people to identify with the idea of an independent Gaelic Ireland. The GPO was the focal point of activity during the 1916 rising. [132] British families came to Dublin Castle in May 1916 to reclaim the bodies of British soldiers, and funerals were arranged. [143] Ninety were sentenced to death. On 29 April, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers under Company Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Flood shot dead two British officers and two Irish civilian employees of the Guinness Brewery after he decided they were rebels. The Irish Volunteers worked tirelessly to defend it from the British and keep operations running. [54] Windows and doors were barricaded, food and supplies were secured, and first aid posts were set up. [137], The number of casualties each day steadily rose, with 55 killed on Monday and 78 killed on Saturday. In addition, because of the interception of the German arms aboard the Aud, the provincial Volunteer units were very poorly armed. They agreed that only intensive shelling would drive the rebels from their fortresses. As the troops moved in, the rebels continually opened fire from windows and behind chimneys and barricades. Rory Sweetman revisits the story of the Easter Rising and the threats posed to Trinity College during that fateful week. Sources yet to be consulted . The use of S.M.H. Some wore Irish Volunteer and Citizen Army uniforms, while others wore civilian clothes with a yellow Irish Volunteer armband, military hats, and bandoliers. [58] The GPO would be the rebels' headquarters for most of the Rising. Captain John Bowen-Colthurst then took him with a British raiding party as a hostage and human shield. He moved to Dublin to study, and was the first teacher on the staff at St. Enda’s, the school he helped to found with Patrick Pearse. By Cónal Thomas Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 9:00 PM The British troops, after taking some casualties, managed to regroup and launch several assaults on the position before they forced their way inside and the small rebel force in the tin huts at the eastern end of the Union surrendered. The railway line at Blanchardstown was bombed to prevent a troop train reaching Dublin. [86] However, where the rebels dominated the routes by which the British tried to funnel reinforcements into the city, there was fierce fighting. [55], A joint force of about 400 Volunteers and Citizen Army gathered at Liberty Hall under the command of Commandant James Connolly. According to some accounts, he was the first casualty of the Rising. 67, Frühjahr 2008, S. 2–16. Unlike the rebels elsewhere, the Fingal Battalion successfully employed guerrilla tactics. "I had a nightmare vision of a last stand at the library windows, ammunition spent, while a horde of rebels with fixed bayonets swept in line across the Fellows’ Garden.". The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca), also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week in April 1916. A symbol of Irish resistance, the GPO was rebuilt in the late 1920’s to resume its postal service. Half a century later he wrote down his memories of those turbulent days. Éamonn Ceannt was later added as Director of Communications. [167], At first, many Dubliners were bewildered by the outbreak of the Rising. By the end of the week, the British had taken some of the buildings in the Union, but others remained in rebel hands. Eventually, the troops got close enough to hurl grenades into the building, some of which the rebels threw back. [125] Most of the action took place in a rural area to the east of Galway city. Re-enactment by the Cabra Historical Society of the charge up Moore Street by Irish Volunteers led by The O'Rahilly. Merely waving an academic gown at the porter was sufficient to secure admission to College on Tuesday, while those students who entreated Ernie O’Malley to help to defend the university from "those damn Sinn Feiners" on Monday afternoon did not know their man – before the week was out O’Malley would be sniping at the Crown forces. Cathal Brugha, a rebel officer, distinguished himself in this action and was badly wounded. [128][129][130], In County Clare, Micheal Brennan marched with 100 Volunteers (from Meelick, Oatfield, and Cratloe) to the River Shannon on Easter Monday to await orders from the Rising leaders in Dublin, and weapons from the expected Casement shipment. Is it entirely fanciful to suggest that any new educational establishment erected on the former site of Trinity might have been called ‘Pearse College Dublin’?’. A photo from Defending Trinity College Dublin, Easter 1916: Anzacs and the Rising, by Rory Sweetman. Many of the civilians were killed or wounded by British artillery fire or were mistaken for rebels. 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The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca),[1] also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week in April 1916. [109] The only violence in Cork occurred when the RIC attempted to raid the home of the Kent family. Love Irish history? Fierce fighting erupted there after British reinforcements arrived. [192] A Labour Party TD, David Thornley, embarrassed the government (of which Labour was a member) by appearing on the platform at the ceremony, along with Máire Comerford, who had fought in the Rising, and Fiona Plunkett, sister of Joseph Plunkett.[193]. Most of the civilian casualties and most of the casualties overall were caused by the British Army. GPO building during the 1916 Easter Rising Dublin. He said "it is not murderers who are being executed; it is insurgents who have fought a clean fight, a brave fight, however misguided". Commemoration History. "[166] Birrell and Nathan had resigned immediately after the Rising. [18] Responsibility for the planning of the rising was given to Tom Clarke and Seán MacDermott. [80] At dawn they opened fire on the Citizen Army occupying the green. It’s been the subject of debate for nearly a 100 years but now we have a definitive list of names showing who really took part in the Easter Rising 1916. From each of these garrisons, small units of rebels established outposts in the surrounding area. [46], On the morning of Easter Sunday, 23 April, the Military Council met at Liberty Hall to discuss what to do in light of MacNeill's countermanding order. There was street fighting on the routes into the city centre, where the rebels slowed the British advance and inflicted many casualties. 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