Whatever thoughts you may have regarding this event of the 1916 Easter Rising started 100 years ago today. The English sending inexperienced troopers to Dublin, Ireland to keep Ireland under control might have been a big mistake on their part. Ending in an extensive amount of damage, destruction and death on both sides. Mostly consisting of civilian death thus the President of the Irish volunteers surrendered.
On one hand with the Irish National Volunteers firing sniper rifles and hand guns. On the other side of the attack, the British infantry fired the Lewis Gun (WWI machine gun) and 18-pounder, Quick Fire Gun ( simply put a cannon) at the rebels which in turn set Dublin in Flames. It would end this big ball of chaos by demonstrating the power of example in Killing 16 men, some which were Ireland’s Poets, and Philosophers.Which ideally most nations should no better than to kill those sorts of people.
One there of men Pádraig Pearse, while in jail wrote a Poem A Mother Speaks for his mother before being was executed in May 3, 1916, It reads:
Dear Mary, that didst see thy first-born Son
Go forth to die amid the scorn of men
For whom He died,
Receive my first-born son into thy arms,
Who also hath gone out to die for men,
And keep him by thee till I come to him.
Dear Mary, I have shared thy sorrow,
And soon shall share thy joy.
Blood and sweat can be far stronger than the gun. It is not about the fact that both sides were equally wrong because most of those who were killed were caught in the middle of the crossfire. Truth be told Pearse requested as he was being driven to army headquarters to see the part of the demolished city to which he cried and thanked the driver. Most the men that died were not of the military sort; that is why the impact of their deaths was so much stronger influence than most. In fact, most of the men were educated and some their education was heavily influenced by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic educational institution for boys. The vast majority of Ireland at that time was Catholic, and the Parliament only allowed Protestants (FROM Ulster) to rule in Parliment. The minority ruled over the majority; this did not mean the Irish had absolute contempt for British. However, once the Irish began building up better political skills in Parliament, against supported the Unionist party (that supported British rule). The unionist contended that Irish must not have a home state for it would likely run by both the lay and the priest. Such a thing to the mindset of the time would not allow it simply because it was unbecoming of a nation of the British Isles to be run by Rome. For Britain at that time, was living out the last of the glory days of power, wealth, pleasures, and honors received as an Empire. Though alienation was not the intent, but alienation was the result that fueled the a fire of rebellion.
In Pádraig’s words that were both powerful and profound statements of Truth as well as freedom (that I am not sure can fully appreciate in today) said
“Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”
Pádraig was executed holding a crucifix on May 3, 1916 at Kilmainham, and was buried in quick lime at Arbour Hill. He was unmarried. Pearse’s brother William was also executed.
It was the moments after those shots were fired, Ireland embarked journey that for better or worse would utterly change her in the long run…