The arrests and internment without trial of hundreds of Irish men in May 1916, together with the leaders’ executions, saw the public mood swiftly change after the Rising. examines a family archive of papers and photographs that shows the effects of these arrests
WHEN you’re a scriptwriter whose latest TV series is an irreverent take on the 1916 Rising, it throws you a little when you meet your director for the first time and realise he’s a descendant of one of the most celebrated fighters to die at the GPO.
The naval ship LÉ Aisling is in the bay, the Irish army will be on manoeuvres, and the strains of ‘Lonely Banna Strand’ are ringing out across Tralee Bay in one of the biggest State commemorations outside of Dublin of events associated with 1916.
The flag-waving and cheers of recent days provoked all the usual debates about 1916, confirming once again, as if it needed to be, that we all cling to our particular beliefs certain in the knowledge that our view is the correct one and that any other need not be countenanced.
President Michael D Higgins and senior government ministers have led the tributes to the 1916 fallen at the Kilmainham Jail site where they were executed in an emotional reminder of the deaths of the Rising leaders.
Political leaders, Rising relatives, the Defence Forces, and public servants joined together yesterday in an historic 1916 commemoration that repeatedly sought to include all parts of Irish society.