1916 Easter Rising

1916 Easter Rising

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.