Shared History: Understanding the Easter Rising
The aim of the visit was to present historical facts of the Easter Rising to give participants the opportunity to understand its implications on British/ Irish history; Recognise the implications of what happened; Understand that different perceptions and interpretation exist; and show how events and activities can deepen understanding of the period in the context of an inclusive and accepting society.
This cross community one day visit to Dublin explored the key sites connected to the Easter Rising 1916 and included a guided tour of Easter Rising artefacts in Collins Barracks followed by a walking tour of significant sites connected to the Rising which including Arbour Hill Cemetery, Garden of Remembrance, GPO and Houses of Parliament.
“This project has been funded/ part funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council”
Collins Barracks is a former military barracks in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin. The buildings are now the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History with a new Exhibition on The 1916 Easter Rising with many artefacts from the Rising that have been on display for the first time.
Kilmainham Gaol is now a museum where many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the prison by the British and latterly in 1923 by the Irish Free State. When the Gaol was first built in 1796, public hangings took place at the front of the Gaol.
Arbour Hill is a military cemetery and burial place of 14 of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising including Patrick Pearse, James Connolly and Major John MacBride after execution in Kilmainham Gaol. The grave site is surrounded by a limestone wall on which the names are inscribed in Irish and English.
GPO and O’Connell Street was the headquarters of the rising with commander James Connolly along with Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke, Seán Mac Dermott and Joseph Plunkett.
Patrick Pearse read the proclamation outside the General Post Office (GPO) on Sackville Street (now called O’Connell Street), marked the beginning of the Rising.
The Irish Houses of Parliament served as the seat of both chambers (the Lords and Commons) of the Irish Parliament of the Kingdom of Ireland until that parliament was abolished by the Act of Union of 1800, when Ireland became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Trinity College The rebels did not attempt to take Trinity College, a key location in the heart of the city centre and defended by only a handful of armed unionist students. The failure to occupy strategic locations was attributed to lack of manpower.