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    In the years following the 1916 Easter Rising the GAA, according to its many historians, including Padraig Púirséal and Marcus de Burca, claimed that the GAA had provided a great number of the men who had played an active role during the insurrection. As much of the literature available from this time is in some way sympathetic towards the rebels, it is hard to discover whether or not the Association did support the insurrection or not, despite the GAA having a non-party political stance for nearly a decade and a half previous. On Tuesday of Easter week 1916, the day after the insurrection had begun, Martial Law was proclaimed across Ireland, from which the holding of matches and sporting events was strictly prohibited. This lead to the activities of the GAA being suspended. Due to their roles in the insurrection approximately 3500 rebel were arrested and deported in the month that followed. Many of these men and woman found themselves being deported to special internment camps such as…

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    The Easter Rising took place from the 24th to the 29th of April 1916. Irish rebels garrisoned multiple locations in Dublin in an armed attempt to overthrow British rule and establish an independent Irish Republic. After five days of fighting the rebels unconditionally surrendered , a presumed successful retaliation by the British, but the essence of the rebellion changed the course of Irish history forever. In 1800 the Act of Union Bill was passed which united Great Britain and Ireland into the…

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    The Easter Rising began on Easter Monday, 24th of April 1916, and lasted for six days. The Easter Rising was an insurrection against British rule in Ireland and took place in Ireland's capital city, Dublin. The Easter Rising of 1916 is believed to be the most compelling single event in modern Irish history. The number of plays, novels and poems centred around the Easter Rising are endless. For the purpose of this essay I will discuss how the Easter Rising is represented in both Sean O' Casey's…

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    Set in the Easter Rising, Sean O’Casey’s play, The Plough and the Stars, utilizes its setting to discuss the consequences of war and the idea of making a blood sacrifice for Irish independence. Prior its inception, Irish nationalist theatre consisted of works such as Cathleen Ni Houlihan by William Butler Yeats, which evokes a mythological sense of nationalist pride as it uses the figure of Sean-Bhean Bhocht, Poor Old Woman, who needs a young man to help her remove the invaders from her home,…

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    unionists in the north began to decline. Two years later, however, a revolt in Dublin performed by nationalist volunteers on Easter Monday 1916 against the British was compressed and the main integrators of the revolt were executed within two weeks of the event. These rebels were seen as heroes of the nationalist people of Ireland and help lead to nation unification against the British. The Irish Volunteers had been created in 1913, this was in response to the rejection of home rule. After the…

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    Patrick Pearse 1. Who was this leader (relevant biographical information)? Patrick Pearse was a key leader in the Easter Rising (Irish rebellion against British rule). He was an Irish man living in the late 1800s to early 1900s (1879-1916). (Green, http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/padraigpearse.htm) He was a nationalist and firmly believed that Ireland should be its own country. He was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (a group that wanted to use force to break the link…

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    sovereignty of his country. This was a key part of his life because it shaped him to be an advocate for Ireland's freedom. In 1913, Eamon de Valera joined the Irish Volunteers. This was an organization that wanted to maintain the rights of their people and significantly support the Home Rule of Ireland. By joining a volunteer group, de Valera showed that the money was meaningless and that he was willing to do whatever it took for the sake of Ireland's Independence. To emphasize his…

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    Easter Rising Leadership

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    The Easter Rising is the defining event of the modern Irish republican tradition. Most Irish nationalists regard the Rising as the most important event in twentieth-century Irish history. Without it, Irish politics would have been shaped by the moderate constitutional nationalism of John Redmond’s Irish Parliamentary Party, and southern Ireland may have remained part of the British Empire for much of the twentieth-century. One of the driving forces behind the rebellion was Patrick Pearse, an…

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    Easter 1916 Tone

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    There is more than one side to every story. When tragedy or calamity strikes, it affects people in different ways. Past events, loyalties, and moral viewpoints define how one sees a situation. Concerning the Easter 1916 uprising, Yeats seems to change his views of the people involved and explores his feelings in the poem “Easter 1916.” Yeats, at the start of the piece, seems to have a fairly low view of the rebels. He respects the nobility and bravery of what the revolutionaries did, but isn’t…

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    The Sniper Symbolism

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    ”The Sniper” was published during the Irish civil war (January 1923) by the republican Liam O’Flaherty. It takes place as night falls in Dublin. Shots eccho. A young Republican sniper lies on a rooftop. He lights a cigarette; risks revealing himself. Instantantly, a bullet hits the parapet, behind which he hides. A car approaches and halts down the street. A woman appears from a side-street. She speaks with the driver and points to the sniper. Without thinking, he shoots the driver, and the…

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