The Truth About The Rising in Ireland 1916

Paul was strolling towards O’Connell Bridge. It was a fine day and the sun lit up Sackville Street (now known as O`Connell Street) as he walked through the city centre to meet a friend for lunch. Each time he walked down Sackville Street, he admired the old buildings, especially the majestic looking General Post Office. Paul was a doctor. His father was English and his mother was from Kerry. Paul wore a grey cap and grey, tweed trousers with a white cotton shirt. A small gold chain lay across the left pocket of his waistcoat which was attached to a gold watch that glinted in the sun. He had a warm, grey, woolen jacket.

Paul was humming to himself an Old Irish tune that his friend, Patrick Pearse, often sang at the Clan na Gael meetings. Paul always sang the song when he felt content in sunny weather when strolling along the coast at Malahide or along Sackville Street (the old name which is now O`Connell Street) The air was chilly and the sun poked through the clouds. The song went:

Tá Gráinne Mhaol ag teacht thar sáile,

Óglaigh armtha léi mar gharda,

Gaeil iad féin is ní Frainc ná Spáinnigh

Is cuirfidh siad ruaig ar Ghallaibh.


In English this verse means:


Grainne Mhaol is coming across the sea

Armed warriors with her as her gaurd

They are Gaels and not French or Spanish

And they will rout the foreigners

The song was about a pirate woman called Granuaille. She was a ruthless military leader who sailed the seas of Western Ireland. She fought the English occupation and was imprisoned by them twice but her spirit was never broken. Granuaille was returning on the seas with many soldiers, to fight the English.

His good friend Patrick Pearse sang the lyrics at Clan na Gael meetings with an accompaniment of Irish instruments. They had almost been forgotten in some places of Ireland. The leaders of this group were reviving Irish culture, songs, the Irish langauge and anything Irish. He smiled as he thought of his good friend, Patrick Pearse. Patrick had kind, soft, prominent cheek bones and a sharp nose and chin. He had bright blue eyes that seemed to glow when he became excited about some idea or Irish song. His appearance made him look both kind and stern at the same time. It seemed to Paul that when Patrick spoke to people, his bright blue eyes penetrated into their very soul. Patrick would know whether someone was telling the truth, sooner or later. He wrote the lyrics to Gráinne Mhaol that Paul loved to sing so much. Patrick had adapted the song, which was written in the 1700s, to suit his own ideas. Patrick also liked to read old Irish stories in the Gaelic tongue which he had researched. Paul loved talking to Patrick and singing the songs he wrote.

Patrick would listen to Paul talk about the complications of his upbringing. Paul’s father loved his mother dearly. Their backgrounds did not match well. His father, Andrew, was a wealthy English man who had married his mother, Aoife. Patrick also had an English father and an Irish mother. The family was harmonious and Paul grew up knowing he was loved and he knew how to treat people lovingly and sensitively. His father’s relations often clashed with his mother and her relations. It seemed to Paul that Andrew’s relations thought Aoife and her family to be little more than simpletons – uneducated and brainless yet good for fetching tea and making dinner. Paul’s English relations would speak with simple words, just to agitate Aoife. Aoife’s family would, being from Kerry and fluent Irish speakers, speak in Irish together to exclude the English family. The English relations would sometimes glance at the native Irish speakers, puzzled by the foreign tongue the Kerry people spoke. The two sides of the family met out of obligation for special events. Paul was very fond of Patrick but Patrick had become more extreme in his attitudes about the English rule of Ireland. He even talked about removing the English from Ireland. Paul loved the atmosphere of Clan na Gael nights out. They leaders were teaching the members about Irish culture. Paul adored the singing and the merriment. He did not like the way his friend Patrick was speaking about the English. Paul had an English father and English relations.He did not want them harmed.

How would the Irish govern themselves? Were they not better off being part of the greatest empire in the world? Paul felt that Home rule was the answer to all this. The Irish would be allowed to govern themselves on some issues. Paul felt that it was wrong that when the War started England decided to cancel the possibility of granting Ireland Home Rule. This had angered some Irish people like his friend Patrick. Patrick began to speak about staging a protest against the English and told Paul the plans were secret. Paul had told him not to challenge English rule, England was at war and would not tolerate a rebellion. Paul and Patrick fell out with each other over the issue. Paul sorely missed Patrick and their fun nights out at Clan na Gael meetings. Patrick frightened him with his talk about challenging English rule.

Paul strolled down the street and began to sing the old Irish song aloud. Suddenly he saw a medium-sized man in a green uniform, like an English soldier’s uniform. The man was too small for a British soldier. Paul had very strong long-distance vision and could make out his friend Patrick Pearse. He was reading from a sheet of paper outside the General Post Office. A small group of people in green uniform were huddling at the doors behind him. Paul instinctively turned around and ran towards O’Connell Bridge, feeling unsafe near the General Post Office.

(This is an excerpt from Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call for Ireland`s Freedom, by Gabriel Woods, is available in  Amazon.)


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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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