|British soldiers with the captured Republic flag - 1916|
The initial plan was to take several key positions throughout the country, especially in Dublin. With it being the holiday, many British troops had gone off to see the races. A group of patriots walked into the General Post Office in Dublin Center and took control of it in the name of the new Republic. Some patrons thought it was a joke, but soon found otherwise. At noon Patrick Pearse stepped out of the GPO and read aloud the Proclamation declaring Ireland a new republic. For the next week Dublin center became the target of bomb shelling and death for soldier and civilian alike. Newspapers across the globe cast their light on what was happening in Dublin. At first opinion sided with the British. Once the patriots surrendered and the executions by the British began, public opinion swayed. Even the citizens of Lowell kept a close eye as events unfolded.
We ask you to join us this Saturday, April 2 at 2 pm at the Old Court (upstairs) for a viewing of historic photographs from the Rising, a short film of the week's events, and a brief talk by Victoria Denoon of UMass Lowell's Irish Partnership. The event should last about 90 minutes and is free and open to the public. If you choose you can pick up lunch downstairs before or after the event. Feel free to bring a beverage from downstairs to the talk..