One-hundred and one years ago, Irish Nationalists seized the GPO in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic. They held out for five days before being forced to surrender by British Army troops. New England has had a significant Irish population since the 19th century, so it is only fitting that we commemorate their sacrifice. Their leaders, Pearse and Connolly, would be executed shortly afterward, and would enter their Nation’s mythology as heroes like Cu Chulainn. Prior to the Rising, Sinn Fein’s influence in Irish politics was meagre to say the least. In the next General election, they would achieve an overwhelming majority. They swiftly declared the formation of the First Dail Eireann. This was the beginning of the Irish war of Independence. Three days ago they rose and two days from now they fell. Three years later, they rose again to victory.
Erin Go Bragh!