Dublin Commemorates 100 Years Since the Easter Rising
PHOTO: Dublin. (photo by David Cogswell)
One of the most defining moments in Irish history is the Easter Rising, and this year marks 100 years since this rebellion against British rule began.
The armed insurrection began on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, and lasted for six days, during which many key locations in Dublin were seized. However, despite being heavily engaged in World War I, the British were able to suppress the rising and most of the leaders were put to death.
While the Rising failed to bring about Irish independence in 1916, it brought about the return of Republicanism and eventually led to the declaration of an Irish Republic and the beginning of the Irish War of Independence, which resulted in much of Ireland being released from British rule at the end of 1921.
In honor of the anniversary of the Easter Rising, visitors have the opportunity to delve deeper into the history of this period in Ireland with the Dublin Pass. Currently, the pass provides visitors with entrance to 25 of Dublin’s most popular attractions, several of which include places that played an important role in the rebellion.
New features and attractions have recently been added to the city pass so that visitors can get a more in-depth experience of this historical event.
The Dublin Pass now includes a 24-hour ticket for the City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus tour, which offers two routes around the city and 28 different stops. There is also a free guidebook for the National Museum of Ireland for Archeaology, and the National Museum of Ireland for Decorative Arts & History, included with purchase of the pass.
Dublin’s newest attraction, the GPO Witness History exhibition, opens at the end of this month at the General Post Office (GPO). This attraction is especially important to the Easter Rising as this was headquarters for the Irish Nationalist rebels during the rebellion. The interactive exhibition blends special effects, soundscapes and stories from people involved to bring the experience to life.
Other Easter Rising attractions included with the pass are:
The National Gallery of Ireland: Visitors can now see the “James Stephens, the 1916 Rising, and the National Gallery of Ireland” through April 24. Stephens was a writer who documented the events in the book “The Insurrection in Dublin.”
The National Museum of Ireland — Decorative Arts & History: The exhibition “Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising” will include objects from the rebellion that have never been on display before, such as the Irish Republic flag that flew over the GPO.
Dublin City Hall: There is an upgraded exhibition here that tells the story of the city’s firefighters called the “Dublin Fire Brigade & the 1916 Rising.” "The Story of the Capital Exhibition: The 1916 Room” contains a recently restored, original copy of the Proclamation asserting Ireland’s independence.
The city hall will also host other Easter Rising events, including a series of lectures that will run through April.
At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, guests can attend a special Service of Commemoration on April 24.
Dublin Passes are approximately $55 per adult and $32 for children for one-day passes. There are also multi-day passes available. In addition to entry to the attractions, the pass also provides for fast-track entry to several sites.
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