Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Time for Ireland to cut ties with horror of Easter Rising

History calls: the shelled out remains of the GPO after the Easter Rising which was directed by Patrick Pearse
INDH22A Easter Rising 1916: Head office of ITGWU, destroyed following the 1916 Rising. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
Library filer dated 11/05/1916 of a view of Sackville Street (O'Connell St) and the River Liffey at Eden Quay in Dublin, showing the devastation wrought during the Easter Rising. Celebrations will mark the event's 90th anniversary today. Sunday April 16, 2006.
INDH22C Easter Rising 1916: Ruins of Freeman Press and Telegraph, 1916. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
Library filer dated 11/05/1916 of the damage wrought on Dublin's General Post Office during the Easter Rising. Celebrations will mark the event's 90th anniversary today. Sunday April 16, 2006.
INDH28 Easter Rising 1916: British troops loading vehicle. Published 1920. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
Post Office Ruined...Soldiers inspect the interior of Dublin's General Post Office, viewing the complete destruction of the building after being shelled by the British during the Easter Rising 1916. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...I
GPO In Ruins...1916: Soldiers survey the interior of the completely wrecked Post Office in Sackville Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising of 1916. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...I
INDH27 Easter Rising 1916: British troops barricade City Hall. Published 1920. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
INDH23 Easter Rising 1916: Troops inspecting car on Mount Street Bridge. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
INDH26 Easter Rising 1916: Troops searching bread van for arms. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
INDH22E Easter Rising 1916: Troops being marched to barracks, 1916. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
INDH22B Easter Rising 1916: O'Connell bridge and street, 1916. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
INDH22 Easter Rising 1916: Coliseum theatre, Henry Street, destroyed following the 1916 Rising. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
INDH29 Easter Rising 1916: British troops searching a car. Published 1920. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
GARDEN OF REMEMBERANCE OPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN APRIL 1966 IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50YRS ANNIVERSARY OF THE EASTER RISING
H352 Military Parade, April 1942. Éamon de Valera inspects the Guard of Honour on O'Connell St. Dublin. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
H355 Military Parade, April 1942. Aerial view of uniformed men and spectators on O'Connell St. Dublin. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
Easter Rising:Anniversary/Standard bearers head the parade into Milltown Cemetery, Falls Road, BELFAST, for the graveside ceremony. 12/4/1966
H361 Military Parade, April 1942. Soldiers march past dignitaries who are standing on podium outside the General Post Office (G.P.O.) building on O'Connell St. Dublin. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
H360 Military Parade, April 1942. Soldiers march down O'Connel St. Dublin with statue of Daniel O'Connell behind them. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
H353 Military Parade, April 1942. Men and boys sit and stand at the base of Nelson's Pillar on O'Connell St Dublin. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
50th anniversary ofthe 1916 rising. 1966 Merchants Quay Four Courts Garrison Old I.R.A. 3rd April 1966
H358 Military Parade, April 1942. Crowds of people of varying ages are held back by police and soldiers. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
H359 Military Parade, April 1942. Soldiers march past dignitaries who are standing on podium outside the General Post Office (G.P.O.) building on O'Connell St. Dublin. Also in view is The Metropole. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
H354 Military Parade, April 1942. Éamon de Valera inspects the Guard of Honour on O'Connell St. Dublin. 'An Easter Commemoration parade in honour of the Republican dead of all generations was held in Dublin yesterday...' (Monday, April 6th 1942, Irish Independent P.3). (From Miscellaneous Box 18). (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland and NPA)
50th anniversary ofthe 1916 rising. 1966
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The IRSP parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The IRSP parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The IRSP parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The IRSP parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The main parade pictured in Milltown cemetery where speeches were held at the renovated County Antrim memorial rather then at the Republican plot.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. Republican Sinn Fein parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The IRSP parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The main parade makes its way through Milltown cemetery where speeches were held at the renovated County Antrim memorial rather then at the Republican plot.
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The IRSP parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.

As 2016 approaches (the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising), it is incumbent on all democrats on the island of Ireland to reflect deeply upon the future of this country – north and south.

The time is long overdue to cut our ties with the 1916 insurrection and the cinder path of blood, misery and death it created.

All who believe in the rule of law must keep chipping away at the monstrous edifice of 1916, sanctified by Church, and state, drenched in the blood of the innocent and offered up by moral and intellectual cowards as a noble and sacred event.

If anyone genuinely wants to understand why 1916 occurred, the evidence is there; sufficient in itself to disillusion almost all but the diehard fanatics. The rising was a conspiracy designed to awaken interest in the discredited programme of the Fenian Brotherhood through the sacrifice of innocent civilians, whose only 'crime' was to defend democracy against terrorism.

We will not be required to drink hemlock, like the ill-fated Socrates, if we dare to challenge the rising and dispel the perverted prism through which the duped perceive this unmitigated atrocity.

The time for law-abiding people on this island to leave the GPO as a politicised landmark behind them is now – providing they have honesty and courage to do so.

PIERCE MARTIN

Celbridge, Co Kildare

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