In commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland, here are just a few of some less known facts, for all my Irish History Buffs out there.
FACT 1:. Did you know that the ‘Easter Rising of 1916′ which catapulted Ireland to its dream of Freedom from England , did not happen on Easter Sunday, but on the day after, Monday in fact?. Do you know why?.
Arms were to be delivered from Germany to aid the Rebellion, but the English got wind of the whole thing and the Royal navy sunk the ship, thus losing the cargo of arms..
A counter command, ordered by Eoin MacNeill cancelled what was supposed to be a non-military parade by the Irish Volunteers on Easter Sunday, This threw all those involved into confusion. MacNeill had not yet joined the Military Council of the IRB and was not aware that the parade was just a ruse for an actual Rising until Bulmer Hobson informed him of such. When he found out he was completely uncooperative and wanted nothing to do with it.
When the Rebels in the outlying counties of Ireland heard of the counter command, and with no modern-day communications, they were not aware that the IRB planned to ignore the command and forge ahead with the Rising, after all. This left Dublin in a less than advantageous state of affairs.
Constance Markievicz was the only woman arrested who was put into solitary confinement in Kilmainham Gaol. She was sentenced to death but then was not executed because she was a woman. She was quoted as saying, “I do wish your lot would have the decency to shoot me!”
In the beginning of the Rising, women in black capes called ‘Shawlees’ threw bottles and anything they could get their hands on at the GPO, where the Rebels had taken up residence. The women were angry and vengeful because they were convinced that the Rebels were trying to keep them from obtaining their checks from husbands and sons whom were fighting in WWI. After all it was a Post Office.
Grace Gifford married Joseph Mary Plunkett in Kilmainham Gaol only hours before Plunkett’s execution. They had originally planned to have a double wedding on Easter Sunday with Plunkett’s sister Geraldine and Thomas Dillon.
A boyhood friend of Plunkett’s was one of the guards in Kilmainham Gaol and as Grace cried in her husband’s arms, the friend assured her Joseph would probably not be shot. He was dying already from TB. She was misinformed, however.
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Thanks from Brighid O’Sullivan