Conor Mulvagh works for University College Dublin. The rebellion that unfolded in Ireland in was plotted by a secret rogue cell within a long-established revolutionary organisation — the Irish Republican Brotherhood. World War I presented an unparalleled opportunity for these revolutionaries. By October , lead plotters Tom Clarke and Sean MacDermott had asked a team to look into the prospects of holding a successful rebellion in wartime. In plotting, they succeeded where no previous Irish rebellion had before, most notably by successfully shutting out spies and informers. Only in the weeks immediately prior to the Rising did the police manage to secure two human intelligence sources — and even these were relatively low level.
Countess Markievicz's Role in the 1916 Rising and Her Subsequent Imprisonment
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Yeats's great poem 'Easter ' is not a bad place to start when seeking an understanding of that transformative era for modern Ireland. Yeats, writing in the immediate aftermath of the Rising, spotted that Ireland had been 'changed utterly' by the events of Easter week. His description of the Rising as 'a terrible beauty' summed up his ambivalent attitude as did his question:.
The Irish Easter Uprising Ever since the occupation of Ireland by the English began in , Irish patriots have fought back against British rule, and the many Irish rebellions and civil wars had always been defeated. Laws discriminating against Catholics and the handling of the Irish Potato Famine of led to increased tension and the proposal of introducing Home Rule gained support. This action was followed by the Lock-Out during which employers literally locked workers out of their factories.