On Easter Monday 1916, nearly ninety-nine years ago, Patrick Pearse and the Irish Volunteers, assembled at various prearranged meeting points in Dublin, in a bid to win Irish freedom from British rule.
The Irish Proclamation of Independence:
At four minutes past noon on Easter Monday, April 24th, 1916, Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of the Republic from the steps of the General Post Office on O'Connell Street in Dublin, guaranteeing liberty and equality for all.
"..... The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty,
equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens,
and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity
of the whole nation and all of its parts,
cherishing all of the children of the nation equally ..."
~from The Irish Proclamation of Independence
The High Toll Of The Rising:
In total, the Rising cost 450 persons their lives, with 2,614 injured, and 9 missing, almost all in Dublin.
There were military casualties with 116 dead, 368 wounded and 9 missing.
The Irish and Dublin police forces lost 16 members with 29 also wounded. 254 civilians died since much of the fighting occurred in the city center near densely populated areas.
The 14 leaders of the Rising were later shot to death by military firing squad.
Centenary Commemoration Of The 1916 Rising:
Next year Ireland will commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, by reflecting upon the year when seeds of change were sown, and Ireland was finally launched upon a path to reclaim her nationhood.
The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Enda Kenny, described the Easter Rising of 1916 as “the central formative and defining act in the shaping of modern Ireland”.
Ireland 2016, will be a year of reflection marking this central historical moment in the formation of our Republic.
A diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic activities, are currently being planned.
Introducing The Easter Commemoration Digest by Seán McBrinn:
Seán McBrinn, the former publisher of the historical journal called Easter Commemoration Digest, is currently preparing a special edition for 2016. And so I am going to hand you over to Sean to introduce you to his wonderful project:
In 1957, while still an apprentice compositor, I started a small publishing company - Graphic Publications - in order to publish a trade journal for printers - The Irish Printer (still in existance).
Over the next few years I added other journals - Irish Motor Trader, Irish Furniture & Floorcovering, Irish Stationer & Newsagent, Graphic Directory and The Easter Commemoration Digest.
The Easter Commemoration Digest was edited by my father, who was well connected to those involved in 1916 / 1922.
I stopped publishing the Easter Commemoration Digest in 1974, when my father died. In 1966 I published a Special Golden Jubilee edition of the Easter Commemoration Digest, which was very successful, with sales in the USA and abroad.