Sunday, April 10, 2016

Women of Easter Rising: 100th Anniversary Celebration @ the Holyoke Public Library

Join Holyoke Division 2 Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women of the Easter Rising
Saturday, April 16 at 10am
Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

What was the Easter Rising?

On Easter Monday 1916, a group of Irish nationalists staged a rebellion against the occupying British government in Ireland, in an attempt to establish an Irish Republic.
The group of rebels hoped to spur the public into rebellion to overthrow the British, but didn’t attract much public support.

Though it had been planned across Ireland, the main unrest was in Dublin where around 1,600 rebels seized strategic buildings within the city. One of the seized buildings was the city’s General Post Office.

It was from here that one of the rising’s leaders, Patrick Pearse, proclaimed that Ireland was now an independent republic and that a provisional government had been set up. Several days of fighting between the rebels and British troops ensued.

Many of the rebels were members of a nationalist group called the Irish Volunteers, or a smaller more radical group, the Irish Citizen Army.

Within a week, the British had declared martial law across the country and suppressed the rebellion leaving around 450 dead and more than 2,000 injured. Much of Dublin’s centre was also destroyed.

Soon after 15 leaders of the rebellion, including the seven signatories of the proclamation, were held and executed by firing squad.

More than 3,000 suspected supporters were arrested, with around half being sent to England and imprisoned without trial.....

Learn more about the Why was the Easter Rising so significant, Who were the key figures, What was the backdrop to the unrest, How will the centenary be marked, and much more.

For more information, please contact Paula Paoli, President of L.A.O.H. or visit them online at

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