The Easter Rising took place on Easter Monday, April 24th until Sunday April 30th 1916. Over the course of the week 1,350 people were killed or wounded. Sunday April 24th 2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising. At about 11.00 am on Easter Monday, Patrick Pearse and the Volunteers, along with James Connolly and the Irish Citizen Army, assembled at various points in Dublin, and before noon set out to occupy a number of imposing buildings in the inner Dublin city area.
The areas which the volunteers assembled at included the General Post Office (GPO), the Four Courts, the South Dublin Union and St. Stephen’s Green, to name a few. The GPO was the rebels headquarters and was the center of the rebellion. The damage caused to the city of Dublin during the rising can still be seen today. The Irish Times have made a concise guide to the events of the rising which you can view here.
After almost a week, at 12 noon on Saturday, April 29th, 1916 Rebel HQ in Moore Street sent out a white flag to British barricade. At 2.30pm Padraig Pearse signed an unconditional surrender to British Brigadier General Lowe.
The executions began just shortly after the rising on May 3rd. Over the course of 9 days, 15 of the risings leaders were executed at Kilmainham Gaol including James Connolly, Seán MacDiarmada, Patrick Pearse and Joseph Plunkett.
On Easter Sunday April 3rd 2016, the centenary of the 1916 rising was commemorated with various events around Ireland. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the Irish capital for a huge military parade on the day.
You commemorate the 1916 centenary Easter rising with our hand painted 1916 Belleek Collectors mug available here.