7 Easter 1916 The Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April Approximately 1,000 Volunteers and 200 members of the Irish Citizen Army seized the General Post Office and other sites in DublinThe rebels surrendered on April 29.Supporting action also took place in Wexford, Galway and Co. Dublin.In Dublin 64 insurgents, 132 crown forces and 230 civilians were killed.Extensive use of artillery devastated much of Dublin’s city centre.
12 ‘Mug shot’ of Constance Markievicz after her arrest following the Easter Rising
13 British troops firing at the GPO during Easter week
14 British response to 1916 Fifteen rebel leaders executed in early May Executions carried out in a protracted, semi-secret mannerMartial law was imposed indefinitely under a Military Governor, General MaxwellCivilians were dealt with under the statutory powers of the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA)Heavily armed mobile columns arrested 3340 men and 79 women throughout Ireland
16 Public Opinion and Easter 1916 ‘The consensus among historians is that an initially hostile public opinion was transformed by the executions into retrospective support for, and romanticisation of, the rebels.’Lee, Ireland pp28-29.
17 Public Opinion and Easter 1916 Not easy to gaugeInitially the middle classes sided with the governmentThe attitude of the lower classes has been described as more complex and uncertainPublic opinion had begun to shift by mid MayUnfriendliness or hostility towards the policeSympathy for the rebels increased
18 Public Opinion and Easter 1916 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.
19 Public Opinion and Easter 1916 ‘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 , p32.
20 Sinn Féin Rising referred to inaccurately as the Sinn Féin rebellion SF benefited from this – sparked curiosity about the organizationSF became a militant nationalist movement post 1916A coalition of radical republicans and moderate nationalists
21 Emergence of the IRAEaster Rising left the Irish Volunteers in disarrayOctober 1917: it was decided that the Volunteers were to be used to exert political pressure on the British government to recognize the Irish republicThe Volunteers began to arm, train and organise. With the establishment of Dáil Éireann in Janaury 1919 they became known as the Irish Republican Army (IRA)The IRA became the official army of the new republic