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Why was there a rising in Dublin in 1916?

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GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85

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Why was there a rising in Dublin in 1916?

In 1916 on Easter Monday there was a rising against the British. The rising was a bid for independence from Britain and was led by a secret republican organisation known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood. The rising failed in the short term but the long-term effects led to the establishment of an Irish Republic. In this essay I will discuss the long and short term causes of the rising including the revival of the Irish culture and the growth of republicanism among the general public.

There are many long term causes of the rising that date back hundreds of years, stemming from the year 1169 when the British started their occupation of Ireland.

From the very start there was resistance to the British, with small groups of militia launching minor attacks on the British. There followed a spate of unsuccessful rebellions. The most significant being the 1798 rebellion that led to several more rebellions in the years 1803,1848 and 1867. Unfortunately the British whose military capabilities were among the best in the world crushed all of these rebellions. The rebellions may have failed but the flame

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