The Easter Rising, 1916

The Easter Rising, 1916 and the Irish proclamation of the Republic - read from the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin by Pádraig Pearse.

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The Easter Rising, 1916

The following are the words contained in the proclamation:

IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.

Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.

We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the last three hundred years they have asserted it to arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.

We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God. Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, in humanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.

Signed on Behalf of the Provisional Government,

Thomas J. Clarke, Sean Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, P. H. Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett

Do feel free to leave a comment below – or a Question! Mike.

  • Damien D Kay says:

    What timing… I just sent you an email on a topic related to the 1916 Uprising, and then I looked at the home page and found this article…. In case you read this first, here were my comments…

    It’s 5:30pm here in Colorado Springs, on a beautiful Friday evening. It is still light out and I’m thinking about having a little Vitamin G for refreshment. What will you be having today? 😉

    I thought I would send this topic directly to you first… This would appear to be a very interesting and informative article, and worth sharing, but I’m not sure if it is “too political” for your list. (Is there such a thing?) I’m not always impressed with the Irish Central Editorial style, but sometimes they have some interesting articles… This one is about Thomas Kent, the “Forgotten Soldier” of the 1916 Rising, who could be exhumed for full honors…

    If nothing else, the YouTube video is interesting all by itself, both for historical content, and because we can listen to a little Gaelic in the newscast, with translations!

    What do you think?


    damien d. kay
    Colorado Springs, CO 80919

  • Kimba says:

    thank you, Mike and Carina, for continuing to keep us linked and reminded of our heritage. It was good to read the proclamation again this morning.

  • Jim Grady says:

    We are having our family and friends over for Easter dinner today. We had been out of the country over St. Patrick’s Day and had not prepared our usual colcannon dinner on that day. So, we decided to have colcannon on Easter. The other day it occurred to me that it was an excellent time to have this dinner as it was also the anniversary of the Easter Rising. Also an excellent time to retell the story of Irish Independence to my family.

  • Elaine Murphy Gaudet says:

    Mike and Corina,
    A blessed Easter to you both and keep up the GREAT work.
    Hope we can meet some day. Have been to Ireland once and really WANT to go back.

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