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Historical Background

The 1916 Easter Rising was an armed insurrection against British rule in Ireland which took place between 24 and 30 April 1916, mainly in Dublin, but with skirmishes in other areas. Mounted by around 1,200 insurgents from republican groups, the Rising was quickly suppressed by British forces, culminating in the execution of fifteen of the leaders in May 1916.

A pivotal moment in modern Irish history, the 1916 Easter Rising transformed the political landscape paving the way for Irish independence, whilst also bequeathing a contentious legacy.

The posts on this site explore the Library of Trinity College Dublin’s collections of 1916-related material originating from before, during and after the Rising, from all sides of the political spectrum.