The Easter Rising!!. By Nessa Briody. What was the Easter Rising??. The Easter Rising in 1916 was a very big event in history. When the Act of Union started in 1801, the British had complete control over Ireland. They took the
By Nessa Briody.
The Easter Rising in 1916 was a
very big event in history. When
the Act of Union started in 1801,
the British had complete control
over Ireland. They took the
Parliament that was in Ireland and
put it in England. All the Irish
M.Ps had to travel across to
London. The Irish wanted their
John O’Mahony and JamesStephens founded the I.R.B. in1858. Their goal was to makeIreland its own country. Peoplefrom the I.R.B. otherwise knownas the Fenians, had scheduled anunsuccessful rebellion in 1867.
While they were defeated they stillmanaged to be a secret society.
They often disagreed but they still planned the Rising.
In November 1913 the Irish Volunteerswere formed. In July and August 1914two ships landed in Howth and Kilcoole, full of guns and arms. When World War1 started the Volunteers split up into two groups. John Redmond led the National Volunteers, who went to the trenches to fight with Britain to help Belgium, while Eoin MacNeill stayed with the Irish Volunteers in Ireland.
James Connolly formed the Irish Citizen Army to protect workers in 1913. Slowly they became armed with guns. Since WorldWar 1 had started, the Irish Citizen Army and the Volunteers began to get closer because they had the same goal – to get independence for Ireland. In 1916 they fought together.
The I.R.B began to plan for the Rising. Joseph Plunkett, Patrick Pearse andEamonn Ceannt, who were later joined by Seán Mac Dermott, ThomasClarke, Thomas Mac Donagh and James Connolly secretly wrote the plansfor the rising. These men were to sign the proclamation. Easter Sunday
1916 was the date they set for the rising. The IrishVolunteers had disagreements. Eoin MacNeill did not want a rebellion unless they wouldwin. Roger Casement went to Germany to get guns and bombs. The ship, the Audarrived off the coast of Kerry on Holy Thursday but the British stoppedthe ship and the guns were sunk with the ship. When Eoin MacNeill heard of the plansfor the rising he cancelled all plans. However the rising was still to go ahead