Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The other reason why Easter is bittersweet

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the failed 1916 Easter Rising by Irish republicans against British rule. The failed rebellion resulted in the deaths of almost 500 people. The republicans used the Dublin General Post Office as their headquarters. The building was shelled and badly damaged by British artillery during the rebellion.

I visited this building when I was in Dublin in late 2013. A commemorative plaque is on the walls on the post office. While there are signs on damage on the columns and walls to this day, there is ongoing debate if this was caused during the rebellion, or if it was unrelated erosion.

The State Library of Victoria is currently holding an exhibition to commemorate this centenary. This exhibition will be open until July 31, 2016. It includes a rare 1917 copy of the 1916 Irish declaration of independence.

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