Irish Mark 96th Anniversary of the Easter Rising
On April 24, 1916, an armed uprising of Irish nationalists against the rule of Great Britain in Ireland began in Dublin. The uprising, which lasted until April 30, marked a major turning point in the Irish move towards independence. Ninety-six years to the day that the uprising began, Irish people were busy sharing their comments, images, videos and tributes marking it.
The National Library of Ireland shared the image above of the 1916 Proclamation read by Pádraig Pearse at the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin.
One user shared a line from Yeat’s famous poem ‘Easter 1916’ in honor of the day:
To mark the day, Cultural Heritage Ireland posted this image of O’Connell Street in the aftermath of the Easter Rising. According to their post, “The image of O’Connell Street in the aftermath of the rising was taken on 17 May 1916 by the Antiquarian Thomas Westropp and is part of his collection in the Royal Irish Academy.”
For an interesting story about of the Easter Rising, have a look at an earlier post on how Guinness boilers played a crucial role in helping the British Army to regain control of the city during the Rising:
Twitter users from around the world were also posting their tributes to the Easter Rising and recognising its legacy. This German user wrote that he “has a soft spot for Irish history” and shared the video below: