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The Easter Rising


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Title: The Easter Rising

The Easter Rising
  • Dublin 1916

You are a journalist for The Graphic, a
newspaper based in Dublin, Ireland.
You have heard that there will be trouble over
You know that the British navy have captured a
German ship carrying 20,000 rifles destined for
the Irish Volunteers Irishman who will not
fight for Britain in the war.
You ask your editor if you can follow up the
Easter Monday 1916
The rebels, led by James Connolly of the Irish
Citizens Army Patrick Pearse of the Irish
Republican Brotherhood, have based their
headquarters at the General Post Office in
Sackville Street. Pearse has just announced the
creation of the Republic of Ireland from the Post
Office. Also based at the Post Office is Michael
Collins. The rebels have carefully chosen the
buildings and areas to capture. The South Dublin
Union The Four Courts St. Stephens Green
Bolands Flour Mill The latter building is
especially important as it covers the docks at
which any troops sent to Dublin will land.
The rebels have cut telephone lines which have
cut off Dublin Castle. The British seem to have
got over the initial shock of what the rebels
have done and have started to organise
themselves. Troops stationed near to Dublin have
been brought in. Dublin Castle have informed the
most senior British army officer based in London,
Lord French, what is going on. French is an
Irishman but also a strong Unionist. It is
reported that French has ordered four army
divisions to be sent to Dublin.
Loyal Irish Volunteers at the GPO
Tuesday April 25th
The rebels are busying themselves with
reinforcing their bases. The British army have
surrounded the affected area of Dublin. They have
brought in artillery based in Trinity College. It
would seem that the plan is to split the rebels
in two by driving a wedge between them. Martial
law has been declared by the British. There is
looting in the streets of the city and innocent
people have been shot by the British army. The
rebels based at Bolands Flour Mill, led by Eamon
de Valera, cannot stop British reinforcements
landing at Dublins docks.
Eamonn de Valera Under Arrest

Wednesday 26th April
British army start their attack on the rebels. A
gunboat, the Helga has been brought in to
assist this action. Civilian casualties are
high. The British flatten any building in their
attempt to destroy the rebels. It is clear that
they will stop at nothing to deal with the
Thursday 27th April
General Sir John Maxwell has arrived. The British
Prime Minister, had given him one simple
instruction put down the rebellion as quickly
as was possible. No restraints have been put on
his methods. British soldiers in Dublin have made
the assumption that anyone seen in the city not
in a British army uniform is a rebel. The use of
artillery has also led to the city burning and
the fire service cannot operate properly in such
Friday 28th April
The General Post Office is in a state of collapse
and the rebels based there have escaped to a
nearby building. A last stand is being made in
Kings Street but up against 5,000 troops, the
remaining rebels seem to have little chance. It
is reported that it is near Kings Street that
attacks against civilians hiding for their own
safety are being carried out by members of the
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Saturday 29th April
The rebels have surrendered. Connolly had been
seriously wounded and it was Patrick Pearse that
formally surrendered to the British.
Pearse surrendering to the British Army
Surrender Document
Sunday 30th April
The rebels are marched across Dublin to prison.
They are jeered by Dubliners who have just seen
part of their city wrecked. Damage to central
Dublin is estimated at 2.5 million About 500
British soldiers have been killed and over 1000
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The leaders of the rebellion were shown no mercy.
They were tried in secret by a military court and
sentenced to death. Their deaths were only
publicly announced after their executions. It was
now that public opinion in Ireland turned towards
the rebels. There was an overwhelming belief that
the executions had been unfair and that the men
involved, at the very least, deserved a public
trial. When it became known that Connolly had
been tied to a chair and shot as he was so badly
wounded, there was nothing short of public
revulsion in parts of Ireland.