Richmond WW1 Diary 28 March 1916

The Easter Rising 24–29 April 1916 For decades, Irish nationalists had been advocating independence from Britain and on 18 September 1914 the Home Rule bill had passed into law. Although its enactment was to be deferred until the end of the war, people expected the war would be soon over. Six weeks earlier, Britain had declared…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 17 March 1916

St Patrick’s Day While the day was little marked in Richmond, St Patrick’s Day 1916 in Dublin foreshadowed the Easter Rising. Thousands of men who had enlisted in the Irish Volunteers, a militia force dedicated to the pursuit of Irish independence, had joined parades in Dublin and Cork city and elsewhere across Ireland. The following…