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Easter Rising

Early in 1914 the Carsonite Volunteers, with the connivance of British sympathisers in high places, ran a big cargo of arms ashore at Larne. Forthwith the British Government prohibited the importation of rams into Ireland, lest the Nationalists should secure weapons too. 969 more words

Homesick for a place I've never called home

Well, not in this life anyway. (Yet) 98 years ago, on Easter Monday, a big thing began in Dublin. I cannot  help but feel that I was there in some form or another – in a different life – because how else could I explain the connection I have to Ireland in general and that time in particular? 975 more words

A Prelude to the Easter Rising, 1916. Pt. 2

 28-year-old Mary Scanlon continues her narrative letter of March 31, 1916, to her brother Mike in Seattle.

With longtime family associate Steve O’Hanlon, she is in the office of John Devoy–New York-based Irish revolutionary. 1,677 more words


The Easter Proclamation



Poblacht Na H-Eireann
The Provisional Governmen
of the
Irish Republic
To the People of Ireland

IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom. 463 more words

Irish History

A Passion poem

(National Poetry Month, Day 17)

During Holy Week each year, I like to read “I See His Blood Upon the Rose,” a poem by Irish nationalist poet Joseph Mary Plunkett. 735 more words

They insist I think of War


They insist I think of war, and yet I always think of you, mother, though I recall not a single word we ever spoke of war, that flesh could tear and blood swamp the sand; that one is just, or not, to footslog into battle and shoot and kill and even die upon demand. 600 more words