Ever after known as the Easter Rising, an armed insurrection aimed at establishing independent Irish rule took place during Easter Week, April 24-29, 1916. Led by the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army (mistakenly referred to in the US press as “Sinn Feiners”) occupied numerous locations in Dublin, proclaiming the establishment of the Irish Republic. However British soldiers soon massed to quell the rebellion and by the end of the week, over 400 people were killed and well over 1,000 were injured, the majority being civilians. Read more about it!
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|April 24, 1916||Members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army assemble on Easter Monday, occupying buildings in Dublin and proclaiming the establishment of the Irish Republic.|
|April 25 - 26, 1916||Irish Volunteers and ICA members in other parts of the country also revolt.|
|April 29, 1916||In order to prevent further loss of life, rebellion leaders surrender.|
|May 1916||Rebellion leaders are tried and executed; nearly 100 others are arrested and tried by court-martial. Nearly 2,000 other ‘rebels’ are deported and sent to England.|