Time sure does fly. 100 years. Two world wars, a few nuclear crises, the soviets came and went, and countless other life-altering events happened since the Irish won their independence from the English. Over 400 years of oppression ended the day that 7 men wrote and signed the Irish Proclamation of Independence. Sadly, the Easter Rising did not immediately succeed, and at the end of it, all seven men were killed by firing squad, ending all hopes of a rebellion in the minds of the English. Everything that happened after 1916 is a direct result of the sacrifices made by Thomas Clarke, Eamonn Ceannt, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett, P.H. Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, and Sean Mac Diarmada. Their bravery still shines as a beacon today and remind all Irishmen and women how much they should love their homeland.
Of course, this was not the case. Michael Collins and Eamonn De Valera emerged as the military and political leaders of the Irish. Not only did this rebellion lead to the creation of Ireland, but it also made one thing very clear: women could do a hell of a lot to make a rebellion successful. Women fought along side men during the Easter Rising (Cumann na mBan), sheltered soldiers of the IRA, and ferried battle plans and weapons for the IRA during the revolution. Continue reading In Memory of the 1916 Easter Rising