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Conflict in Ireland - Impact of the easter rising.

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  • Submitted: 10/10/2003
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GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85

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CONFLICT IN IRELAND

QUESTION 1: WHAT IMPACT DID EACH OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE ON THE HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT IN IRELAND?

THE EASTER RISING

In 1916 a Fenian group known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood Revolutionary knew the war for Britain was going badly, so they thought now was a good opportunity to strike for independence, and lead an armed uprising against the British troops.

The rising started on Easter Monday, the rebels seized control over the general post office in the centre of Dublin and announced that Ireland was an independent republic. But they got very little support from the public who were Catholics; they were appalled by the damage and atrocities. On person who was present at the time recalled,

"If Ireland as a whole could of got hold of Tom Clarke and his Fenians during that week it would have torn them to pieces."

The rebels were soon outnumbered and sent to prison. They executed 15 of the rebel leaders. The Catholics were horrified and angered by this and turned those people into martyrs. This led to more people joining Sinn Fein and helping them; and favoured

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