10 Funny Lines from the Easter Rebellion

10 Funny Lines and Events from the Easter Rebellion

Part I

There is  nothing funny about war, executions, a city destroyed, arrests, or risking one’s life but human beings have always found laughter in the most stressful of situations. Perhaps it helps them deal with a stressful situation, make them feel they are in control of something that is uncontrollable. The Easter Rebellion was no different. Add to this the fact that Irishmen are usually looking for a good laugh and you have funny lines or events that ..yes… happened during the Easter Rebellion.

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Easter Rising Rebels would not give their names

Why the rebels of the Easter Rising would not give their names

Frongoch Concentration Camp in north Wales was not without its sacrifices for the rebels of the Easter Rising in 1916. While it is true the men had considerably more freedom at Frongoch in the old distillery compared to Kilmainham Gaol, Knutsford, or Wandsworth Prisons in England where they suffered solitary confinement,  one of the biggest personal price they paid was inflicted on themselves by themselves.

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Why did the Easter rising fail?

Why did the Easter Rising of 1916 fail?

Or did it?

Success or failure in anything at all depends on 3 factors:

Timing,

Point of view,

Long term affects.

Easter Rising CommenorationLet’s look at the facts.

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War on women in Ireland

War on women in Ireland

 After the Easter Rising,  the Irish Republican Brotherhood,( soon to become the IRA) targeted RIC officials with violence and murder. On the suggestion of Winston Churchill, the Black and Tans were formed in 1918 to assist the RIC to get rid of the IRA, or so they thought. They roamed free looking for vengeance. They committed murder, lead a reign of terror and violence throughout Ireland. The easiest targets were women, especially in the more rural parts of Ireland. To remain secret, they  attacked after curfew dragging men and women out of their beds in the middle of the night..

Black and Tans 2Who were the Black and Tans ?

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Rebels as German Spies

Rebels or German Spies in 20th Century Ireland

Of all the Petticoat Rebels I have written about I think Sidney Gifford is one of my favorites. Perhaps it was because she never let anyone tell her she couldn’t do something. Like so many other female rebels in 20th century Ireland she accomplished extraordinary goals in a male dominated world.

Irish Freedom paper 2Sidney Gifford was a writer but not just any writer. While it was acceptable for females to write about subjects such as housekeeping and cooking Miss Gifford took another path entirely with pen and paper. She wrote political and considered radical essays about Irish freedom and British tyranny. She did this in not one but 2 countries. Ireland and the  America and took the pen name, John Gifford to make sure her articles were read.

 

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10 Amazing Books for Kids

10 Irish  Books for Kids about Ireland

It is difficult to choose books for kids in this age of technology and instant gratification. Add a child’s short attention span, especially in the very young and you may as well be trying to teach him or her how to fly a plane! But wait. Can’t we use this to our advantage? Isn’t there a way to add knowledge and especially amazing facts into those sponge-like minds and how do we teach them something as important as history?

Enter the fabulous mind-bending, earth-shattering world of story-telling told in the form of Audio books, specifically, Irish myths and legends such as…………

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Petticoat Rebels in Medicine/ Kathleen Lynn

Petticoat Rebels in Medicine and Doctor Kathleen Lynn

The most unlikely Petticoat Rebel after the Easter Rising was Doctor Kathleen Lynn. Appointed Chief Medical Officer of the Irish Citizen Army she  trained the rebels in first aid and was active in smuggling arms before the Easter Rising ever took place but her accomplishments go far beyond these simple facts.

Kathleen Lynn 2After the Easter Rising two things  continued. Sinn Fein, the new Provisional Government of Ireland and only one in Europe to include women on its board of trustees, gained massive political and pubic support especially with its anti-conscription bill.

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Petticoat Rebels in Ireland?

womens trade unionPETTICOAT REBELS IN IRELAND

Some of the most unlikely rebels were women who grew up in Protestant Unionist households, in other words part of the Anglo Irish elite

.They went to private schools, socialized with those of their own class, lived in large Georgian houses in the same neighborhoods as their peers, supposedly sharing the same values and ideals.

The lines were strictly drawn and it was considered scandalous for women to speak up against establishment, write editorials, or do almost anything outside of homemaking. In fact, after the Easter Rising, Nellie Gifford was thrown out of her mother’s  house. So how did these women become rebels in Ireland?

GovernessSeveral reasons.

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Why Mizen Head Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Mizen Head beats tourist popular Cliffs of Moher every time !

The spectacular beauty of Mizen head rivals that of the Cliffs of Moher. Her swirling tides, high cliffs, and dramatic splendor not seen anywhere else in Ireland make her totally unique. No contest in my opinion. I’ve been to both Mizen Head and Cliffs of Moher but if I had to make a choice between the two destinations I’d pick Mizen Head every time. In fact I plan to go back.

Mizen Head View.The Mizen Ring and its various strands make Mizen Head an area to explore. There is so much to see here! It will literally blow you away! Speaking of blowing you away, be careful of your hat on the Mizen Head bridge.

Experience geology of the coastline, breath taking flora and sea birds you’ll not find anywhere else in Ireland.

Its easy to take one whole day just exploring the peninsular with its crashing waves and the fantastic Mizen Head bridge that is so effortless to walk.You’ll feel like you are walking on air.

  Everywhere around you is sea, sky and surf. On a sunny day, you won’t want to leave but bring a coat for the winds can be quite brisk.

Mizen Head BeachSome highlights of your Mizen Head tour are an award winning maritime museum perched precariously on the side of the cliff, an altar dolmen, Crookhaven Harbor, a quarry that provided metal for the roads of Wales until 1945, several beaches, and much more.

Mizen Head Visitor centerIf you don’t have a lunch don’t despair

. The Mizen Head Visitor Center has sandwiches and soup.

Picnic tables are right outside the door and toilets are appreciated after the long winding road drive. This is a great travel destination.

Mizen Head fb 2The bridge, which is easy walking  will lead you to the museum. Admission is affordable at only 6 Euro for adults and children under 5 free.

Mizen Head LighthouseMizen Head is the most South-Westerly point in Ireland.

Mizen Head and Toormore Close to Mizen Head,  a visit to Toormore will take you through some Irish history. An Altar Church built during the famine as relief word and a wedge tomb from the bronze age are interesting finds. A restaurant is there as well.

There is more information on Elena Clancy’s travel blog R U In Ireland? Check  her out for specifics on Mizen Head and other Irish destinations.

What was your favorite travel destination in Ireland or where would you like to travel?

The Ladies School Dinner Committee

In 1911,The Ladies School Dinner Committee or the LSDC organized a free  lunch for every poor child in Dublin regardless of religion, parents political backgrounds, or race.

Irish-schoolsBefore this time, the School Meals Act of 1906 allowed government money to be allocated for the provision of meals to school children in England. It had not been extended to Ireland however. In early 20th century Dublin hundreds of children went to school without any breakfast. They did not bring lunch with them either.  At this time, Dublin had one of the highest poverty rates in all of Europe! One free lunch could make all  the difference in the world.

Dublin Corp. nowIn November of 1911, Helen Laird, a teacher at Alexander College and Maud Gonne MacBride addressed the monthly meeting of Dublin Corporation, explaining the poor health conditions of school children and how a free lunch every day would keep their minds strong and their bodies fit, preventing them from living off the government in the future. Dublin Corporation referred the matter of whether money could be dispensed toward school lunches to their law agent. The law agent’s recommendation was to neglect any money at all toward school lunches.

lady_aberdeen 2Lady  Ishbel Aberdeen, founder of the Women’s National Health Organization and wife of the lord lieutenant in Ireland came under extreme criticism by the Nationalist movement.By 1910, the WNHA was the  main children’s charity of the country.

The Ladies School Dinner Committee accused her of patronizing the poor in Ireland and setting up the WNHA because she hoped to influence Queen Victoria to give her a title. She was seen as meddling in Irish affairs.

Irish stewSo the Ladies School Dinner Committee took over school lunches and this is how they did it.

The meals were cooked in a communal kitchen and had to be carried by the ladies to each school.

Dublin Family 20th century

Some children paid and some did not. It was left up to the teachers to know who was not able to pay. This was kept secret and no one was allowed to know who did or did not pay for the food. This way it kept all politics and favoritism out of the pot

School When the children left at lunch time, they often did not return to class..

 An added benefit of having meals in the school was that it kept them inside the building. Previously, they left to go a communal kitchen on Meath St. (the same kitchen that would provide the free meals now) When they left at lunch time, often the boys and girls did not return to class.

As is today, the Ladies School Dinner Committee came under attack from the media who claimed the free lunch program was simply a ruse for nationalist propaganda though I doubt the children cared at all.

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