OTD in 1916, Patrick Pearse and James Connolly, lead an uprising in Dublin against British rule and proclaim an Irish Republic known as the Easter Rising.

Easter 1916

Before Easter 1916 Dublin had been a city much like any other British city, comparable to Bristol or Liverpool and part of a complex, deep-rooted British world. Many of Dublin’s inhabitants wanted to weaken or terminate London’s rule but there remained a vast and conflicting range of visions of that future: far more immediate was the unfolding disaster of the First World War that had put ‘home rule’ issues on ice for the duration.

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