Gonna have to visit Iowa during Irish Fest, partly in honor of my ancestors

the struggle for Irish independence

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My Irish ancestors came to America long before the Rising of 1916. But the uprising and Irish relations with Britain, particularly the English, is fascinating to me, and personal.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, a six-day armed revolt against English rule in April 1916 that set the stage for the Irish War of Independence a few short years later.

“We can’t forget these men, because without them there is not a Republic of Ireland. These men weren’t warriors. They became warriors out of necessity because they could no longer stand to see their country suffer.”

The British responded with a ruthless artillery bombardment and hand-to-hand fighting in the streets. Hundreds of civilians were killed. These draconian measures likely fueled the drive for independence.

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