Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Rising Culture

So this weekend is Easter and, even though it did not historically take place on this weekend, we commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising (huh, a bit like the event Easter itself celebrates...)  If you were of a mind to do some culture related event this weekend, here's some ideas for a Rising themed plan.

Take a tour of the major Rising sites:

The GPO - with small but perfect museum

Kilmainham Gaol - the site of the main leader's imprisonment and execution

Arbour Hill - most of the leaders' burial place

The Four Courts /North King St - a major combat zone

Jacob's Biscuit Factory - Bishops St - there's not much of the original factory but it feels fitting that our National Archives stand on the site today.  Though they won't be open over the weekend, they do have an excellent micro site on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which the Rising precipitated. 

Boland's Mill - take a look around this Celtic Tiger area of the city - you can't get into the mill itself but it's nice to see how far we've come

Lunch outside (ambitious, I know) in St Stephen's Green, where Countess Markiewicz, among others, was stationed.

16 Moore St, to where the rebels retreated after they abandonned the GPO and today the subject of a campaign to keep the building from being demolished.

Of course, there will be a military parade on Easter Sunday accompanied by the traditional reading of the Proclamation outside the GPO.  This is usually televised as well.

If you don't want to be in the city, Glasnevin Cemetary has an array of Easter Rising related events, including their popular "Rebels & Revolutionaries" walking tour.

Hopefully, there's something to suit everyone this weekend.  If not, you could just stay home and eat a pile of chocolate.


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