A pivotal point in Ireland’s long journey to gain independence occurred on April 24, 1916, a bloody affair in the streets of Dublin known as Easter Rising.
On the day after Easter with a waif of revolution in the air, the heart of the city became a battle zone as rebels commandeered the General Post Office and surrounding buildings. However, British forces were much too strong and the rebellion was squashed. Within weeks, executions of rebel leaders took place at the local jail, Kilmainham Gaol. Nonetheless, Easter Rising signaled the beginning of the end of British rule in the Republic of Ireland.
My wife and I had the luck of the Irish with us by arriving in Dublin Easter weekend. Remembrances of Easter Rising are scattered throughout the city, including the General Post Office, which has a basement museum dedicated to the uprising. Outside of the post office, which is still in operation, we saw bullet holes that remain in the stone columns. Most captivating, however, was visiting Kilmainham Gaol on Easter Monday, the anniversary of Easter Rising.
Now a museum, visitors see the exact cells where the rebels were held. You can feel the strange aura in the courtyard as you stand where fourteen revolutionaries were executed by a firing squad. One rebel, so badly injured during the uprising that he could not stand on his own, was tied to a chair before being shot to death. It was a lot to take in.
Luckily for us, there is a pub directly across the street to help soothe the soul. A couple of pints from the barkeep at The Patriot’s Inn, and we were off on our next adventure.
Guest Author: Kevin Fritz
I have an innate ambition to experience the world first-hand. In the past couple of years, I traveled to Saudi Arabia for research, and spent Christmastime with my wife, Christi, in Brussels and Paris, and Easter in Dublin. We have explored Bolivia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, France, Poland, Costa Rica, the Virgin Islands, Canada and the U.S. A journalist for 40 years, I authored the novel Crossover, and received my BS in Journalism from Ohio University. Check out Kevin’s portfolio.