At noon on Easter Monday 1916, the women and men of the Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Volunteers marched out from Liberty Hall, headquarters of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, and took command of buildings across Dublin.
They went out to declare an Irish Republic and to take on the might of the British Empire.
During Easter Week 1916, Pádraig Pearse, president of the Irish Republic and commander-in-chief of the Irish Republican Army, issued a manifesto from republican headquarters.
It provides a vivid picture of the battle that raged in Dublin during that momentous week.
In it, Pearse pays tribute to the women and men who fought so bravely in defence of the Irish Republic and foretells the enormous impact the events of that revolutionary week would have in shaping the history of Ireland.
On Good Friday next, April 22, to mark the events of that historic week, éirígí in Dublin has organised a revolutionary walking tour, which will take in all of the major sites of Easter Week 1916.
The tour will be conducted by Dublin historian Bill O’Brien.
All are welcome and the tour will be free of charge.
Join the éirígí 1916 Revolutionary Walking Tour – Friday, April 22
12pm: Meet at Connolly Statue, Liberty Hall. Talk on Irish Citizen Army and founding of the IRA.
12.20pm: On to the GPO for reading of Proclamation by éirígí member. Talk on GPO, who was there and who was not let in.
12.45pm: On to Dublin Castle. Talk on first casualties, first to kill and first to be killed.
1.15pm: On to Trinity College. Talk on the work of counter-revolutionaries.
1.45pm: On to St Stephen’s Green and College of Surgeons. Talk on Michael Mallin, Constance Markiewicz, her dance and her revolutionary attire.
2.10pm: On to Jacob’s Biscuits Factory. Talk on Thomas MacDonagh, John MacBride and the revolutionary women of the factory (before and after the Rising), including the history of the factory.
2.30pm: On to Four Courts. Talk on Edward Daly and how the Sherwood Foresters lost control and the killings in North King Street.
3pm: On to Garden of Remembrance for rest and full discussion on national and international aftermath of the 1916 Rising.
Manifesto issued from the General Post Office, April 28 1916
“The forces of the Irish Republic, which was proclaimed in Dublin, on Easter Monday, 24 April, have been in possession of the central of the capital, since 12 noon on that day. Up to yesterday afternoon Headquarters was in touch with all of the main outlying positions, and despite furious and almost continuous assaults by the British Forces all those forces were then still being held, and the Commandants in charge, were confident of their ability to hold them for a long time.
“I desire now, lest I may not have an opportunity to pay homage to the soldiers of Irish freedom who have during the past four days have been writing with fire and steel the most glorious chapter in later Irish history….
“For four days, they have fought and toiled, almost without cessation, almost without sleep, and in the intervals of fighting, they have sung songs of the freedom of Ireland…..
“If they do not win this fight, they will at least have deserved to win it. But win it they will, although they may win it in death. Already they have won a great thing. They have redeemed Dublin from many shames, and made her name splendid among the names of Cities………”
Signed – P. H. Pearse, Commandant General, Commanding in Chief, the Army of the Irish Republic and President of the Provisional Government.
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