The 1916 Rising is a very misunderstood event in Irish history during the 100 year centenary 2016. The motivations of the personalities of Patrick Pearse and James Connolly have been distorted. I am not sure if this is being done on purpose by the government and the media, to cover up the difficult relationship of England and Ireland through the centuries. I feel the Irish government is desperate to maintain a positive relationship with England, which I believe is important. I do not agree that this should be done to the point of ignoring or distorting the memory of these fine people that took part in the 1916 Easter Rising.
I think it is fantastic that we can post on blogs and that I can write about my thoughts on anything I wish to write. I am also grateful for the recent development of self-publishing. I can publish what I want to publish. For me this means I have a voice now, although I think it is more of a whimper than a roar, yet I do believe the pen is mightier than the sword! I experience little stress in my life now as I use stress for energy in my writing, whatever form my writing takes be it blogs or books. I use good and bad thoughts and memories to create.
I wrote my book Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s freedom (which is doing well in Amazon and is free if you are a Kindle member) really to inform people of what really happened at that time. I researched extensively and recorded an account told to me by a woman who had direct blood links to three people of a family who took part in the Rising, her father, uncle and aunt. So all in all I feel like I have written an accurate picture, as accurate as possible after an event that took place one hundred years ago. If I had not got my blogs to express my views I think the incorrect information circulating at the moment would have frustrated me. I have been able to self-publish my book on the subject. This all means that I can correct the distortion that has been created in Ireland about 1916 Rising.
The current opinion in Ireland is that those that took part in the Rising were “rebels” and that the event was a “Rebellion”. These are words that the English used to describe the events at the time and have been written into history books. I can categorically say this is not true. In the Irish context and using Irish words that the people at the time would have used some Irish people wanted freedom, equality, and a right to govern themselves since they were from the country of Ireland. The occupation of the General Post Office was a protest, not an act of war as it was treated by England. The people that took part wanted to open a dialogue with England and what they were met with was violence and the protest turned into a war. England overreacted and attacked the people of the Easter Rising for daring to want an independent Ireland. Was this truly a rebellion? Led by rebels? No it was not, it was a group of people that wanted the basics of any healthy society-independence and a freedom to express the beliefs and culture of people born in their own country.
The leaders were socialists; they had a deep concern and a love for people in general. The people that took part in Easter Rising were people of principle; they stood up for what they believed. They did not want people to be sacrificed on Easter Week; they did not want a war. All the people of the Rising wanted were basic human rights for the people of Ireland. The talk and rhetoric used by them was warlike but that was the language of the time, England was using glorious rhetoric to convince men to go to war which most Irish men were resisting.
I am very grateful that I can write about this and not be censored by a publisher telling me what I should include or exclude in my story of Easter Rising. I have created a digital copy that sets the record straight and an honorable decent family immortalized, there is a now a permanent copy of their story. When I uploaded the book onto Amazon I looked at the sky outside. The clouds had turned into the shade of creamy yellow and white clouds on the front cover. I took it as an omen that I had done the right thing and that somebody somewhere was happy with my efforts.