How Did the Easter Rising 1916 Happen?

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.


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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Dawns, a fantasy science fiction book.I have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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