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Explain Why There Was a Rising In Dublin in 1916.

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Explain Why There Was a Rising In Dublin in 1916 There are numerous reasons to explain why the rising occurred at Easter 1916, some long term and some short. However, nearly all the reasons are political. The main long-term reason is the tradition of revolutionary nationalism (republicanism) in Ireland. The Easter Rising was just one in a long line of rebellions, dating back to 1791 with Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen. This tradition of revolutionary nationalism provides a historical context for the rising. The other long-term reason was the formation of Clan na Gael. This was the American branch of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, many Americans gave money to the Clan and this money was to supply the guns and equipment for the Easter Rising. There are many short-term causes of the Rising. James Connolly and the I.C.A (Irish Citizen Army) is one of these. The I.C.A. was set up to protect Dublin workers, and in 1913 they The Great Lockout, which was a strike. In 1915 the I.C.A. became politicised, they wanted a socialist Irish Republic, so James Connolly was going to use them to strike firstly for a Republic and then once that was achieved he would then try to achieve socialism. ...read more.


The remaining non-fighting contingent, under the influence of the I.R.B. began to plan for a rising. The funeral of a Fenian O'Donovan Rossa, in 1915 was another influencing cause on the Rising, it became almost a national event, being a showpiece for the I.R.B. through their men in the I.V.F. Padraig Pearse, a leader of the I.R.B., gave the oration, and it was a rousing peace to the many attending the funeral. He made the classical statement of republicanism "Ireland unfree, shall never be at peace." For a Rising to occur it needed the backing of the Supreme Council, and in January of 1916 it was decided that the rising would go ahead at Easter that year. In the previous year they had decided that a rising would happen some time in 1916, so they then assembled a Military Council. A secret group of seven including Clarke, MacDermott, Plunkett, Ceannt, Pearse, Connolly and MacDonagh. The three key individuals involved with the Rising, were Padraig Pearse, Eoin MacNeill and James Connolly. James Connolly and Eoin MacNeill I have already talked about, Connolly helping the Rising with the I.C.A. ...read more.


On the Friday Sir Roger Casement was captured and taken to custody, and charged with treason over the events of the Aud. This was actually a positive event in the happening of the Rising, as the British Government now thought they had crushed the Rising, as they believed that Casement was the ringleader. Saturday, however dealt a significant blow to the Rising, when MacNeill found out that the Castle Document was a forgery. He then put an advertisement in the newspapers to cancel the rebellion, telling all volunteers not to fight. On Sunday when the Rising was intended to go ahead it didn't, as there were not enough volunteers. So the Military Council postponed it to the next day, knowing they were going to be arrested on Easter Tuesday when everyone was back at work anyway, and also due to their belief in "blood sacrifice". Eventually, on Easter Monday the Rising occurred. The Rising was intended to be a nation-wide Rising, however after MacNeill called it off it was impossible to reinform all the volunteers over Ireland, so this explains why it only occurred in Dublin. There was a Rising in Easter 1916 in Dublin, due to a number of failures on both sides, key individuals and some key events. Chris Gallagher Chris Gallagher 5 Lyndon ...read more.

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