"The 1916 Rising"
April of 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Post Office Rising of 1916 in
Dublin. The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca), also known as the Easter
Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising
was mounted by Irish Republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an
independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I.
It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798. Organised by
seven members of the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising
began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, and lasted for six days. Members of
the Irish Volunteers — led by schoolmaster and Irish language activist Patrick Pearse,
joined by the smaller Irish Citizen Army of James Connolly, along with 200 members of
Cumann na mBan — seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic.
There were isolated actions in other parts of Ireland, with an attack on the Royal Irish
Constabulary barracks at Ashbourne, County Meath and abortive attacks on other
barracks in County Galway and at Enniscorthy, County Wexford.