Ireland’s victorious defeat

As Patrick “Padraig” Pearse builds on April 24, 1916, before the Dublin post office building, to proclaim the independence of the Irish Republic, many passers-by just go ahead. Only some people stop and wonder.

100 years later an exhibition about what followed is located here: the historic Easter rising of 1916. The shootings. The brutal crackdown. The beginning of the end of British rule of Ireland.
The makers of the program “100 years of Easter rising” have teamed up for a unique project with Google in impressive form in the places of the uprising images and audio recordings for himself to let speak – of the post office building up to the prison, where the leaders of the revolt were executed.

Desire for freedom

The rebellion had its origins in the British crew from 1171, when King Henry II. moved to English Ireland, to prevent that the enemy Norman Ireland is used as a springboard for an invasion. Nobles moved to the 17th century, primarily with the Northern Ireland Ulster. Any rebellion crushed the occupiers, limited human rights systematically and made the Irish to second-class in their own country.

in 1801, Ireland was incorporated into all over the United Kingdom. During the devastating famine of the 1840s, England showed no interest, to care for the Irish. One million died, and another million emigrated. in 1855 a quarter of citizens of Manhattan’s consisted of native earthen.

Among the emigrants grew a desire to fight what the Americans already had: freedom from the British. in 1858 founded the partner movements “Fenian brotherhood” in New York and “Irish Republican Brotherhood” (IRB) in Dublin. Their goal: an independent Irish Republic.

“We will remember this day”

170,000 Irish in the British army entered the first world war, tens of thousands died in the fight against Germany. Other Irish stayed at home and were the army of the IRB. Many saw the Germans as the enemy of their enemy – the British. And Roger Casement, such as Patrick Pearse was sent a member of the Irish nationalist militia of Irish volunteers, early 1916 to Berlin to obtain additional weapons for the IRB.
Although casement returned to a German submarine, followed by the freighter with 20,000 rifles on board. But he was arrested, and the “AUD” Donald sank the cargo as the British Navy placed him. Then, the line of volunteers wanted to cancel the rebellion. On Easter Sunday 1916 published a corresponding indication in the “Irish independent”.

However, hundreds were themselves the next day to occupy strategically important buildings such as Dublin’s main post office. According to Declan Kiberd, Professor of Irish studies of the University of Notre Dame, the Irish trade unionist James Connolly adopted from his daughter: “Although we had planned a war, and this is just a gesture. But is a percussion’s drum – better followed by a defeat as no shock at all. You will still remember this day.” He should be right.