Dublin’s Easter Rebellion Revisited #TuesdayTravels #Ireland #history

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I haven’t done a Tuesday Travels post in a while but today we’re revisiting Dublin in honor of the 102nd anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rebellion.

The uprising began on April 24, 1916 while the United Kingdom was in the midst of World War I. Rebels from the secret the Irish Republican Brotherhood, led by Patrick Pearse, streamed into Dublin from the countryside. The armed men attacked government buildings and seized the General Post Office. After initial success, they declared Irish independence.

Dublin post office

The historic General Post Office, Dublin, Ireland.

However, the British launched a counteroffensive and the rebellion was crushed after only five days. The Irish people were initially not supportive of the rebellion, but the harsh measures meted out to the rebels stirred public resentment. The leaders of the uprising, including Pearse and James Connolly, were executed and became instant martyrs. When I visited Dublin Castle, we learned about the execution of the prisoners and visited a room dedicated to their memory.

Armed protests broke out and in 1921, a vote was held. 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties voted for independence and the Irish Republic was born. The other counties remain part of Northern Ireland, in the United Kingdom.

Statue of Michael Collins

When I was in Ireland, we took a day excursion to west County Cork where I saw this statue of Michael Collins, who participated in the Easter Rebellion and went on to be a leader of Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Army. In Jan. 22, he became Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State until his assassination in August 1922.

Irish history is turbulent and disturbing, but quite fascinating. I’d love to see more of the Emerald Isle some day.


A Visit to Dublin Castle #TuesdayTravels

Tuesday Travel buttonAfter viewing The Book of Kells, we moved on to Dublin Castle, formerly the center of British government in Ireland. The current building looks more like a Georgian Palace than a castle, though we were assured that there had once been a Medieval castle on the spot. I do love Georgian architecture with its clean lines and symmetry. (In the US it’s called Federal style, since George III was so heartily disliked.)

Dublin Castle Courtyard

There are plaques in the courtyard, including this one commemorating Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. All signs were in both English and Irish Gaelic, which is taught in the schools.

Bram Stoker Plaque

We went a little ways underground to see where the old walls of the castle were being excavated. It was a bit damp down there, not to mention dark, so it was hard to get good photos. Here’s one of the wall.

Old Castle Walls

The chapel is quite lovely.

Dublin Castle Chapel

Inside the main building we saw the assembly rooms that were used for official functions and entertaining. The rooms are still used for state functions. Upstairs there is a room dedicated to the martyrs of the April 1916 Easter Rebellion.

There’s a lot more information about the castle at the official website. Click if you’re interested in more about the castle’s history.

I’d love to go back to Dublin some day. It’s a lovely city.