Monday, March 21, 2016

100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising/Irish Rebellion

This weekend, Easter Sunday to be exact, marks the centennial anniversary of the Irish Rebellion, or as it also known, the Easter Rising. This was the start of Ireland's modern struggle for independence from the British Empire.  All the while the British, with the conscription of many Irish soldiers, were fighting in World War I. My maternal great-grandparents left Ireland soon after the Rising.



To recognize the anniversary of the Rebellion, I am reading Charles Townshend's Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion. I bought this book back in 2007, yet I never got around to reading it until the anniversary approached.




There is also W.B. Yeats poem "Easter 1916". The poem shows both the emotional turmoil of the feelings of the Irish towards both the British and the rebels.

Music also invokes the event, most notably in the Irish rock band The Cranberries' song "Zombie".

Happy Reading!

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