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13 Aug 2020

EASTER SUNDAY UPRISING ANNIVERSARY

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Hi my friends. I hope you all are o.k. Well on April 24. It will be the 104 Anniversary of the Easter Sunday Uprising. The coin was the first commemorative coin Ireland has ever made.. It has Patrick Pearse on the obverse and the mythological Cu Cullaine. He has an owl for wisdom and the strength of a god.The coin is made of silver and is Ten Shillings. His statue stands in the General Post Office today.

Now two years before the weapons and dynamite had been brought to Ireland from Germany. That's when the planning started. There target was the General Post Office or as you hear the G.P.O.. Now the organizers knew they didn't stand a chance but they had to let the Brits know this is it. After centuries of murder starvation they were going to make a stand for independence. They had 1600 men and women against 20,000 seasoned troops. But Patrick started the battle that would last a few days.. You see the Brits wanted everyone associated with this great battle. And it was great. Sixteen hundred men and women with passion so deep to be free on there own soil.

The heads of the rebellion were captured and brought to The jail for execution. Patrick Pearse had become sick and couldn't stand for his execution like a man. So the Brits shot him sitting in a chair. There didn't care if you were sitting standing or laying down they just wanted you dead. What Patrick didn't know before he died this would lead to Irish Independence. The sad part for a.later blog is that Michael Collins was fooled. He was big in the Easter Uprising and they sent him to negotiate the final armistice and Ireland would be united. But when he arrived there it was already done. This started a civil war. The Brits made a.deal and kept the six counties in the north know as Ulster.

This lead to the troubles as it was called . The Irish Provisional Army know as the I.R.A. And other groups started there right for freedom a total unified one Ireland. But the Brits said no. I will not get into that uprising but below there are two pictors. One is a chart of the Irish Hunger Strikers held in mass prison known as H block.The members of the i.r.a. went on a hunger strike. British law said no one will die of starvation in prison. Well.They didn't force feed them They let them die. That's murder in my book.Please look at the list and the age of these young men and how long they went. Please enlarge it. Bobby Sands who started it was able to sneak out a small piece of paper that said "I HAVE THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM". . At his funeral there were thousands and thousands of people. The picture shows the I.R.A. men dressed in there hoods and gear..
I will end this blog just saying Ireland will never be free until it's united and justice has been met!. Thanks. There is to much information I could go on for pages.. But this one coin told only a part of the right for.freedom

Please click on the chart some of these fighters starved till death over 70 days. They went into unconscious before death. The age of these men is so sad.


One more thing. Almost every country sent envoys to the Queen including the Popes special envoy begging the Brits to force feed these brave men.



Bibliography: My knowledge of my home country.

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

Great blog! I learned alot from you today Mike. Thanks for sharing this important history.

Long Beard

Level 5

As I descend from Irish ancestry the uprising of 1916 is important, not only to the time but the present. Sinn Fein, Ireland's oldest political movement and one of two current political parties, continues pressing for a true Free Ireland from British rule. The name itself translates to "We Ourselves" in Gaelic. Under President Mary Lou McDonald the very ideals are being debated in Parliament. It seems as though, in my life time, Ireland will truly be one nation governed under it's own authority.

Mike

Level 7

Many Irishman have become M.P .members of parlament. Bobby Sands won a seat while dying in prison. I'm sorry and Irish woman. This was during the troubles a we call it. At one point almost a majority. He is on the chart that you should enlarge. Our Lord did 40 days in the desert some of these brave men went 70 days before they passed. My relatives don't think we will see a free and United Ireland in my lifetime. I'm in touch with my family every day.

Mike

Level 7

Anyone who actually believes that a whole country ate spuds for breakfast lunch and dinner. does not have a logical mind.The food left Ireland to the British but not one stick of wheat or butter from the cows and milk never made it back to Ireland. I wonder how that happened?

Golfer

Level 5

Great blog. What a story of history. Great coin to commemorate the event. Very sad who died and the passion and feelings they had at the time about the country.

I don't see it as a religious war, but I definitely see it pushed the fighting ever further. A lovely coin, thanks for the blog!

"SUN"

Level 5

Interesting blog. Have a question. Easter is in the spring, so why is the anniversary in August? Thanks

Mike

Level 7

Well early in the morning I made a typo . I corrected it. Thanks.

Mike

Level 7

The situation in Ulster is not I repeat not a religious war.. Michael Collins was set up. The Brits wanted the north. Why? Money the largest ship yards in the world. The people there were loyal to the crown. The others wanted to be free Irishmen. Like they families in the south. So anyone who was not loyal to the crown treated the rest like dirt. That's why it's not a religious war. My God they tried killing the Irish for centuries. Way before the uprising and the political back door politics.

Longstrider

Level 6

Good points Mike. I bow to your knowledge. The part about the killings going on for centuries, starvation, makes me change my opinion. Most people in the world still believe in The Potato Famine. Thanks.

Longstrider

Level 6

I just read more about Cu Cullaine, fascinating. Everyone will be happy if they do the same.

Longstrider

Level 6

Excellent blog Mike. I think you are teaching all of us a important history lesson. You passion and sadness for you homeland is very evident here. Thank you. "No Justice, No Peace"

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I knew bits and pieces of this history but I have learned a lot today. Someday there will be peace and a reunification of Ireland. I do wonder whether there will be peace between the orange and the green or will the be violent retribution towards the part of Ireland that remained loyal to the crown after that is resolved. Its hard to imagine there will be peace after the deep running bitterness between the factions. I also have a question that I don't know so I ask this and hope it is not perceived to be provocative or insensitive to you, it is not my intention.... Do you also view this conflict as an internecine conflict in nature between the Catholics and Protestants or between the two churches? if so I would think this is the only militant conflict in modern times in Christendom,

Mike

Level 7

Bama good question. Many think this is a war between two churches. It's not. The BrItish are mostly all protestant. Ireland is all Catholic. For example the unemployment rate among Catholics in the north is 80%. We do not hate there religion . We dislike the way the Brits treat us!. The Brits have respect for our beliefs. They just want to keep the six counties in the north.. That's how people.say it's a religious war. We have respect for there church they have respect for ours. Now during all these bombings no Catholic or Protestant church have been touched!! I hope I And were your question. Thanjs.

Longstrider

Level 6

I don't know about but Mike, But I view this as a religious war. At least in part.

coinsbygary

Level 5

The peanut gallery is in complete agreement, this is an excellent blog! After reading the list of those died of a hunger strike in prison I was reminded of the short and simple phrase, "Freedom isn't free." Freedom will cost someone something. It is often paid in blood.

Mike

Level 7

Very well said. Thank you for that. It means allot to me.

slybluenote

Level 5

I have to agree with Moke on this Mike! What a great blog! I had never heard of the Easter Uprising. I also have learned from your blog and the 10 Shilling piece is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and stay safe buddy.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Thanks Mike. I have one of those coins but never knew the story behind it.

Mokie

Level 6

Wow Mike, you've taught me something again. I had heard of the Easter uprising but never knew the details. I learn something every day from somebody in this hobby and you are one of my best Professor's Thank Mike for sharing your knowledge and your beautiful 10 Shilling commemorative.

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