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What were the causes of the Easter Rising? On Monday 24th 1916 100 republican men marched on the general post office in Northern Ireland and took it over. The Pearse declared that Ireland was now an independent country. After one week of fierce fighting the British army won the battle. Damage was enormous and both sides killed innocent people among the 490 dead and 2,000 injured. On the 29th April 1916 Patrick Pearse and his rebel gang surrended to the British army. The British army executed 15 of the rebel leaders. Ireland has a long history of revolts and rebellions against the British. Nationalists led by Wolfe Tone had revolted many times in the 18th and 19th century. It was the rebellion of 1798 that made the British abolish Irish parliament this caused many problems when the home rule movement tried to get parliament back. This party was set up in the 1870's by Irish nationalists. Home rule bills failed in 1886 and 1893. It took decades before the British gave in and gave the Irish home rule. Home rule was passed in 1914 but the fenians were not happy with just that they wanted complete independence and din'' want to wait until the end of the war when the British had postponed it too. ...read more.


2i In these sources there are many things, which agree in each source. In source a M.E Collins mentions how the British navy captured the ship. In source B + C they all mention this. This may show that is a fact. In sources B + C they say they were carrying arms on the ship. In each source they say that casement was arrested after being caught. This also makes us think that this a fact. B+C also include that it was a German ship was carrying the weapons, A+C mention that casement was returning to Ireland by U-boat. This is how he got caught arrested. B+C mentions the time period that this happened. They saw it was a week before Easter. Source only mentions that it was on a Friday. This isn't reliable that it was before or after Easter. 2Ii There are many points, which the 3 sources differ. In source a they say he was arrested in Kerry neither of the 2 other sources mention this. I think this is important but I don't think it is reliable as only one out of 3 say this. ...read more.


2Ei In source G in my opinion it looks as though the Irish rebels did fight heroically as the post office is in ruins. But the artist who painted the picture could of made you think they this it is biased! The artist could have wanted you think like that. The artist was never there so it is not a reliable source. The artist impression could have been from an Irish nationalist point of view. Even though it looks as though the Irish rebels fought heroically it doesn't actually show fighting in it. The artist may have wanted you to sympathise with the Irish rebels the paragraph of writing in the source also suggests that they fought heroically. Even though James Connolly had been shot twice he continued to command his soldiers till the end. In source H we can see the post office is in ruins. I would say this is more reliable as it is an actual photograph that was taken at the time. This is definitely more sufficient than the artist's impression. Ii In source G this shows great destruction but not throughout Dublin. This was hugely hit but we can not see the whole of Dublin. Again with source h this is the day after we can not see the whole of Dublin's destruction, but a lot of it happened in the post office. ...read more.

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