The History

The Leaders

James Connolly

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Irish emigrants, James Connolly took a job as a printer's devil at the tender age of eleven... Read on

Pádraig Pearse

Often described as an idealistic dreamer, Padraic swore an oath with his younger brother, Willie, to free Ireland or die in the attempt... Read on

William Pearse

Willie was the younger brother of Padraic Pearse, the Provisional President of the Irish Republic... Read on

Seán MacDiarmada

Sean MacDiarmada was born in Leitrim and in his youth worked as a gardener and tram conductor... Read on

Joseph Plunkett

A keen scholar and the son of a papal count, Joseph Plunkett had the benefit of close ties with the literary world, and has left us with some inciteful poetry... Read on

Edward Daly

The Volunteers First Battalion was commanded by Edward Daly and they were based around the Four Courts area of Dublin during 1916... Read on.

Éamonn Ceannt

Eamonn Ceannt was an uileann piper, a member of the IRB Military Council and a signatory of the Proclamation... Read on

Sean Heuston

One of the train stations in Dublin is named after this young Commandant who was given the task of taking the Mendicity Institution, a poorhouse on the Liffey quays... Read on

Thomas Clarke

Tom emigrated to America to find work at an early age, taking a position as an explosives operative during construction work on Staten Island... Read on

Thomas McDonagh

His interest in the Irish language led him to join the Gaelic League and while staying on the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway he first encountered Padraic Pearse... Read on

Michael Mallin

Born in Dublin his early youth was spent in the British Army as a drummer boy. He was stationed in India and was promoted to the rank of NCO... Read on

Con Colbert

Born Cornelius Colbert in Monalena, Limerick in 1888, Colbert was raised in Athea in the same county. His family moved to Dublin when he was 13... Read on

Roger Casement

He campaigned and exposed the horrific cruelty and regime that forced native workers into slavery on the rubber plantations in the Congo... Read on

Thomas Kent

His family had a long tradition of fighting against the injustices suffered by small farmers and fought particularly during the Land War... Read on

Michael O’Hanrahan

His father Richard had taken part in the Fenian Rising of 1867. As a child the family moved to Carlow where Michael received his education in a CBS... Read on

John MacBride

The Boer Government gave him the rank of Major and the Irish Brigade became more commonly known as MacBride’s Brigade... Read on

Michael O’Rahilly

A new monument to Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, who was shot during the dying hours of the Easter Rising, was unveiled on O'Rahilly Parade on the 29th of April, 2005...

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The Executions

There were 16 executions as a result of the Easter Rising... Read on

Background and Analysis


There are many different reasons why some organisations felt the need for an armed insurrection in 1916... Read on

Daily Account of The Rising

The battle of Easter 1916 raged for six days and resulted in the destruction of many parts of Dublin city. Following the Rising, the bloody executions of the leaders by the British awakened future generations to the cause of Irish freedom... Read on

The Battle of Ashbourne, 1916

The Activities of The 5th Battalion of National Volunteers in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, and the surrounding areas, between Monday 24th April and Sunday 30th April, 1916... Read on

The War of Independence and Treaty

Senior military figures like Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson and General Neville Macready were worried about the problems faced by the Empire internationally, but thought that Britain’s role in Ireland could be maintained through the deployment of up to 100,000 troops. They were wrong... Read on

The Treaty Debates of 1922 - 3

At 2.15am on the morning of 6 December 1921 the representatives of Dáil Eireann, and those of the British Empire, finally came to terms... Read on

The Civil War

1916 Rebellion caused such horror amongst the ordinary people that even those removed from politics became sympathetic to the Rebel cause... Read on

The O’Donovan Rossa Committee

Without doubt the O’Donovan Rossa Committee was much more than a group of individuals interested in simply commemorating one of the greatest Fenian leaders... Read on

The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India

The Connaught Rangers were organised in 1881 as the county regiment of Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Roscommon. Their two battalions were merged into one in 1914 following heavy losses at Mons and Marne. They also fought at Aisne, Messines, Armentienes and Ypres that year... Read on

The Irish Flag

The Irish Tricolour is essentially a flag of union. Its origin is to be sought in the history of the early nineteenth century... Read on

The Proclamation

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... Read on

Eyewitness Account

Extract from The Insurrection In Dublin by James Stephens... Read on

Poetry of 1916

Hardly a discussion on 1916 would be complete without someone quoting with sincere wisdom that all was changed, changed utterly... Read on

The City During the Insurrection

Liberty Hall

At the corner of Eden Quay stood Liberty Hall, a two-storey building belonging to the Irish Transport and General Workers Union... Read on

The Destruction

The destruction of the city centre was caused by the bombardment of rebel positions by the British... Read on

The Combatants

The Irish Citizen Army

The Irish Citizen Army were a body of volunteers, equipped and drilled in defiance of the British administaration and consisting of Socialist workers... Read on


The IRB to Na Fianna... Read on