During Easter week in April of 1916 members of the Irish Republicans, Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizens Army launched the largest armed rebellion against the British Crown in over a century in an effort to gain independence.
Ultimately 16 of the leaders were executed in the 6 day revolt in what is often called the “Easter Rebellion”. Most of the skirmish took place in Dublin Ireland although smaller revolts took place in other towns. The net result of the deaths and rebellion led to increased support for Irish independence.
After the rebellion, over 3,500 Irishmen were taken prisoners and 1800 of those were sent to internment camps. The British brought in thousands of troops, artillery and gunboats to quell the rebellion.
Of the 485 people killed, 260 were civilians, 143 were British military and police personnel, and 82 were Irish rebels, including 16 rebels executed for their roles in the Rising. More than 2,600 people were wounded. Many of the civilians were killed or wounded by British artillery fire or were mistaken for rebels. Others were caught in the crossfire during firefights between the British and the rebels. The shelling and resulting fires left parts of central Dublin in ruins.
Amazing the role that gun ownership plays in the efforts for independence. Seems the Irish knew this well. The Good Friday Agreement signed in 1998 allowed for greater freedom on restrictions of gun ownership.