The Easter Rebellion was an armed uprising of Irish nationalist against British rule in Ireland.
The uprising occured on Easter Monday, 24th April, 1916, and was centered mainly in Dublin city.
The main objectives were the attainment of political freedom and the establishment of an Irish Repuplic.
Centuries of discontent, marked by numerous rebellions, preceded the uprising. The new crisis began to develop in
September 1914, following the outbreak of WW1, when
the British government suspended the recently enacted
Home Rule Bill, which guaranteed an measure of political
autonomy to Ireland.
This suspension led to the growth of the Citizen Army,
a force of Dublin citizens organised by the labour leader
Jim Larkin and the socialist James Connolly of the Irish
Volunteers, a national defence body, and of Sinn Fein.
The uprising was planned by leaders of these
organisations, among whom were the British consular
agent Sir Roger Casement, Padraic Pearse
and the poet Thomas MacDonagh.