New Book Petticoat Rebels of 1916
By Brighid O’Sullivan
By Brighid O’Sullivan
Political Facts About the Easter Rising
Irish Men and Irish Women / Political Statements
1. The Irish Proclamation of the independence, (the first official political document of the Republic) addresses Irish women as well as men.
, ‘ IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: in the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
The document was read for the first time on April 24th, 1916 by Patrick Pearse.
Guns aboard the boat that started it all, the Asgard!
In June of 1914, 900 guns, specifically Mauser riffles and 29,000 rounds of ammunition were purchased from Germany and shipped to Ireland. The guns were supposed to be used to protect Home Rule but in 1916 they would be used for an all-out rebellion against England. Several women were at the heart of this mission: Alice Stopford Green, Molly Childers, (wife of Erskine Childers who also was involved) and Mary Spring Rice.
Mary Spring Rice grew up in a wealthy Anglo-Irish household whose compassion and free-thinking atmosphere encouraged independent thinking and a love for Irish culture. The family spoke Irish fluently. When she was selling Irish lace in London she met Erskine and Molly Childers, Alice Stopford Green and eventually Roger Casement who were part of an Anglo Irish Committee. Motivated by the Ulster Volunteers ability to smuggle guns into Larne and march all over Belfast, the group was determined to find a way to arm the Irish Volunteers as well. But how?
How Beer Saved Ireland
Beer? Seriously? As my grand daughter would say. How did that happen.
With the history of the Great Hunger barely hundred years before, I was surprised by this trivia fact. England wrought what some would call heartless vengeance onto her own people once again.
During the Second World War, Ireland remained neutral, despite the fact Northern Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. The mother country was deeply engaged in mortal combat with Germany.
This decision did not bode well with England. In fact, Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England was furious and resented Ireland’s neutrality. In an effort to bring Ireland into the war, he implemented several strategic actions by controlling ports and shipping supplies to Ireland. These strategies had disastrous consequences, hitting the Irish population at its poorest.
With the European conflict raging, Churchill prepared to deliver several embargoes that would devastate Ireland; that is until she brought out her secret weapon to defend herself. Check out the facts below.
History and the 5 things you didn’t know about Irelaand
History of Ireland is a vast subject and sadly what we think of most is the 1916 Easter Rising, the Great hunger, and stories of evictions, starvation, social injustice. While all these things are true, and I certainly would not want to downplay any of it, there were other more positive things going on in Ireland, despite all that heartache and hardship. Below are 5 things You Didn’t Know About Irish History, from my new book, 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish History.
BOOK ABOUT IRISH HISTORY AND MORE
TRUE FACT #1Over thirty four million Irish Americans live in the U.S alone, more than 7 times the population of Ireland.
How much do you know about Irish history?
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Did your ancestors emigrate to America, Austria, or Canada?
Are you planning a trip to Ireland or dreaming about one some day?
This book is for you.
100 Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland, filled with trivia, Irish achievements, culture, and Irish history, as well as 50 more facts is available at the sale price of $0.99 Dec 26th to 29th.
Over thirty four million Irish Americans live in the U.S alone, more than 7 times the population of Ireland.
Do you wish you knew more about your Irish ancestors? Do you have anyone to ask? Have your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents passed on? Were you told ‘be proud you are Irish’ but not sure of what you should be proud of?
Do you know anything else in Irish history beyond the history of the Famine,corned beef and cabbage and St Patrick’s Day? Are your relatives dead or were you told not to ask questions about the past? Do you live in Ireland but know next to nothing about Irish history? Then 100 Things You Didn’t Know about Ireland is for you.