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Remembering Easter 1916 in Ireland

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The centenary of the rising against British rule in Ireland at Easter 1916 provides an opportunity to examine how this event has been perceived and commemorated over the century. Seen by some as a necessary sacrifice of blood that led to the Republic, for others it was unnecessary violence that led to civil war and ensured the partition of the island. For a large part of the century the event was imbued with an almost sacred quality, but thirty years of religious sectarian violence in Northern Ireland have led to efforts in 2016 to respect all religious traditions and to remember all those who died in the uprising rather than just the executed 'martyrs'.

Keywords: Easter Rising, Northern Ireland, British rule.

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