Monday 19 February 2018

Let us not turn the Rising into a holiday glorifying the event

The shattered remains of the GPO after the Rising. Photo: Getty
The shattered remains of the GPO after the Rising. Photo: Getty
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With Easter Week rapidly approaching and the centenary celebrations switching into full gear, I am growing uneasy of those who wish to turn a week of remembrance into a holiday which would glorify the event.

The goal of the Easter Rising was to kick-start a nationwide revolution that would overthrow British authority in Ireland and create an independent Irish Republic. From this standpoint, the Rising was a total failure and succeeded in nothing except the destruction of large parts of an already impoverished city, caused over 3,000 casualties, most of whom were civilians.

Even the "symbolic victory" of the Rising amounts to nothing more than transforming the Nationalist movement, which up until that point was a largely pacifist and democratic movement, into a violent, militant, and bloody rebellion that would lead to over 6,000 deaths and thousands more wounded over the next six years.

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