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The easter rising

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The Easter Rising 1916 The Easter Rising was a rebellion staged in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was an attempt by 1,500 brave IRB and ICA militant Irish men and women in their fight to win independence from Britain, it had been well planned out and it could have succeeded if the Irish weren't heavily outnumbered and outgunned compared the British Empire. The organised German guns never arrived at Ireland because they sank with the ship called The Aud. They used key buildings in Dublin, including Dublin's General Post Office where they declared it a republic and raised the tricolour and sand soldier songs. Many of these buildings and surrounding building were destroyed during the rebellion, including 300 civilians who died. All the rebels sacrificed themselves willingly, the surviving rebels surrendered after a week to prevent further bloodshed and destruction, the surviving rebel leaders were executed by the British,. ...read more.

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The provisional IRA and other modern republicans are inspired by the actions and ideology of the 1916 rebels, they a link in the uprisings throughout the year and they view this as a continuity. Modern Nationalists admire the bravery of the 1916 rebels. The SDLP in Northern Ireland argue however that violence is not the most effective strategy for achieving a free united Ireland. Nationalist in the republic of Ireland see the 1916 rebels differently, they see the rebels as heroes, martyrs and fathers of the nation. The Easter rising is widely commemorated today, giving it an official status by the republic of Ireland, it is commemorated by things such as memorials, stamps, flags, national anthem, Easter lilies. Although many nationalists in the republic of Ireland think that the 1916 rising should be downplayed as it leads to inspire further republican violence(These people would tend to now vote ...read more.

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Although thousands of Irishmen fought for Britain in World War 1, they are now forgotten about and are not celebrated, not only by the people of Ireland but by the government too. Luckily this is starting to change, we can see these changes in commemorations, and for example, when President McAleese laid a wreath at a memorial tower with the Queen of England, in Belgium. In 1966 loyalists exploited the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising to create the appearance of a new Easter Rising, and that it was a republican plot to destroy Northern Ireland. The UVF planted bombs all over Northern Ireland and then blamed the IRA, this lead the public to believe that they had not moved on and they should not be trusted. Unionist and loyalists will never agree with them but the loyalist admired the courage, organisation, bravery and discipline the Irish rebels had in 1916. ...read more.

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