The Easter Rising

The small scale insurrection in Dublin at the height of World War One was put down with comparative ease by the British forces. However, the political consequences of Britain's reaction to the uprising by ordering the execution of its protagonists for treason resulted were profound. Many Irish who had been ambivalent or non-committed towards the Rising were outraged at the harshness of the penalties. The British over reaction created a new slate of martyrs for the Republican cause and helped turn the event into a catalyst for future demands of self-government and independence.

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by Stephen Luscombe