Lecture 9 Rising and Revolution: 1916 and After. Easter Rising – debate & controversy. The planning of the insurrection The rising as blood sacrifice Public opinion and the rising. I. Easter 1916. Origins Planning the insurrection The course of the rising 1916: Coup or sacrifice?
British army officers pose beneath the statue of Parnell with the ‘Irish Republic’ flag that had flown over the GPO in O’Connell Street during Easter week, 1916
Lee, Ireland 1912-1985 pp28-29.
Difficult to decipher whether, as Townshend puts it, ‘opinion was ‘transformed’ from hostility to sympathy…or…‘crystallised’ (meaning that a latent sympathy was solidified).’
Townshend, Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion p307.
‘The city is quiet now, but there is a very menacing tone among the lower classes who openly praise the Sinn Féiners for their courage and bravery, and there is a lot of abuse of the soldiers. At the same time the latter seem to be popular, at least with the female population. The sympathies of the ordinary Irish are with Sinn Féin. They want independence and their only criticism of the rebellion is that it was foolish (not criminal or otherwise wrong), but just foolish because it had no chance of success.’
AM Bonaparte-Wyse quoted in Lee, Ireland 1912-1985, p32.