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1. Why did the IRB and the ICA continue with the uprising despite the certain knowledge that the British Government knew of their plans?

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1. Why did the IRB and the ICA continue with the uprising despite the certain knowledge that the British Government knew of their plans? The Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Irish Citizen army decided to continue with the uprising because they thought that they might be able to win. As the British army knew of their plans the leaders of the rebellion would probably be executed anyway. They had to go ahead with the rebellion as they simply had no choice. The first flaw in the plan for the rebellion is that the German warship that was carrying 20,000 guns and ammunition was captured and as a consequence there were a number of arrests made to link in with this event. In particular Sir Roger Casement who was the man who persuaded the Germans to send arms. Despite the fact that the British Government know had knowledge of the upcoming events, the rebels wanted an Irish republic and after waiting hundreds of years and months of planning they were not planning on throwing away their chances now. They were willing to kill and be killed for this very purpose. "Ireland will not find Christ's peace until she has taken Christ's sword" There were other reasons why the rebels carried on with the rebellion. ...read more.


This gave Britain a chance to prepare against the rebellion. They were firing revolvers and were even fighting against 18mm artillery. They also put allot of trust in other people. The expected Germany to help them, but after the loss of their transport ship, they wanted no further relation with the rebels. They also miscalculated the reaction from the British Government. They considered that the British would be too involved in the First World War, but in context, they couldn't have been wrong. If the British had let the rebels carry on with the uprising then they would have considered it to be a thorn in their side, which would have gradually grew to interrupt with their war effort. The rising had to be dispatched of quickly. The Brits used 18-ponder guns at close range, and their infantryman were well armed and disciplined. They used the river Liffey running through Dublin and the Gunboat Helga to bombard key strategically targets. The rebels were tactically inferior and they chose poor targets, which could be picked off easily by the British artilley. Another factor was that the Irish citizens, instead of being in strong support of the uprising, they were against it. ...read more.


This led way to an increase in support for the British government. In 1916, the Catholics were poorly treated, they were givern poor housing and were givern poor;y paid jobs. The protestants were obviously relieved when the strike failed. To conclude, on the events around the time of the rising, the catholics mostprobablt rejected the rebels, the protestants considerd them to be heretics. Most of the other time they has split views and this led to hostility between the two sides. Q4. What might be the feelings and thought of Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley be today when looking baxk at these events? Gerry Adams is an extreme Nationalist, he is also a devout Catholic. He would have looked at the easter rising ad he may see it as a stepping stone for the Irish republic. He would consider the leaders of the Easter Rising to be Martyrs, along with the other catholics who died fighting the British Government. Ian Paisley is the leader of the Protestant church in Ireland. He is a stubborn Protestant who strongly despises the catholics. He encourages his people to fight back against the Irish. Unlike Adams, Paisly would consider the leader of the easter rising to be cowardly heretics as they fought the British when thry were at their most vulnerable. Gareth Jones History Coursework Task 3 4/12/2005 ...read more.

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