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A small militant faction of the Irish Volunteers would go on to fight in the Easter Rising of April Both men were personally loyal to the empire and sympathised with the objectives of the war, but they were also aware of the need to retain influence with the British government in order to Yeats easter rising and ideal world the terms of the Home Rule Act which was passed but suspended for the duration of the war.
But while support for the war effort united Irish Unionists, Redmond's decision to support Britain was strongly opposed by a small militant faction of the Irish Volunteers. It was this group which would go on to fight in the Easter Rising of April Redmond's decision to gamble his party's popularity on the war appeared successful.
As in other European countries, the conflict which 'Redmondites' depicted as a struggle for the freedom of other small nations like 'Catholic' Belgium initially met with widespread enthusiasm. OverIrishmen served with the British forces,of them as volunteers.
But by early recruitment had declined sharply as the war became increasingly unpopular. Many nationalists resented the preferential treatment which Ulster's Unionist volunteers had received within the British army, while the growing fear of conscription undermined confidence in the Irish Party.
As the Redmondite Nationalist Volunteers faded into obscurity, the separatist Irish Volunteers began to attract more support due to the growth of anti-war sentiment.
It was against this background that plans for a rebellion took shape. They were also known as the 'Fenians', and this group planned the rebellion. Although the IRB was divided on the merits of a rising, a radical faction led by Tom Clarke and Sean MacDermott established a secret military council to plan the rising.
They did not, as is sometimes thought, willingly seek martyrdom or a mystical 'blood sacrifice'. Rather they felt that a heroic gesture was required to reawaken the spirit of militant Irish nationalism.
The rising was partly based on the traditional Fenian dictum that England's difficulty was Ireland's opportunity. They were motivated by frustration and pessimism rather than revolutionary optimism. They believed that the British government's resolution of the land and Home Rule questions, and the decline of Irish cultural identity, had almost extinguished true Irish nationality, rendering the Irish, like the Welsh and Scots, acquiescent subjects of the United Kingdom.
They hoped for success, but believed that even failure was preferable to inaction, as it would reassert, and possibly reinvigorate, the long tradition of violent opposition to British authority adding another historic date to the unsuccessful risings of, and The decision to rise was also based on the traditional Fenian dictum that England's difficulty was Ireland's opportunity.
Fenians had long believed that only in time of war, with England distracted and the availability of a powerful European ally, could they hope to mount a successful challenge to the superior might of the British empire.
Top Anti-war Irish Volunteers The second key group involved in the rising was the anti-war Irish Volunteers who had split from Redmond's Volunteers in They were led by Eoin MacNeill, a history professor who opposed the idea of an unprovoked rebellion, but the IRB secretly exercised considerable influence within the militia, controlling many of its leaders and officers.
MacNeill and other moderate Volunteers opposed the idea of an unprovoked rebellion because they felt it had no realistic prospect of success. MacNeill argued that they should wait until a more opportune time, such as when Britain introduced conscription or suppressed the Volunteers, so that they could fight in self-defence with mass support.
The poet Patrick Pearses would ultimately become the public face of the Easter Rising. The IRB responded to MacNeill's opposition by planning the rising without his knowledge as the Volunteers remained essential to its hopes for a large-scale insurrection.
The conspirators gradually broadened the military council by recruiting Volunteer leaders who did support the policy of insurrection. The most important of these was Patrick Pearse, a cultural nationalist and poet, who ran his own Gaelic-speaking school.
Pearse would ultimately become the public face of the Easter Rising - it was he who wrote much of the Proclamation and was declared president of the short-lived republic established by the revolutionaries.
For this reason, Pearse's distinctive ideas particularly the 'blood sacrifice' ideal came to be identified with the rebellion as a whole. Deeply influenced by both Christianity and the pagan tradition of Irish sagas, Pearse's writings and poetry indicated an intense spiritual desire for a martyrdom which would redeem his nation and ensure his own immortality.
He was not alone in such beliefs. Although much criticised for his violent rhetoric - 'bloodshed is a cleansing and a sanctifying thing and a nation which regards it as the final horror has lost its manhood' - Pearse's sacrificial rhetoric was echoed by young men, intellectuals and politicians intoxicated by the militarism of wartime Europe.
A leading figure in Ireland's trade union and socialist movements, Connolly's participation in the rising was an attempt to reconcile his Marxism with nationalism an ideology which he had previously criticised.
Like many revolutionary socialists, he had believed that international working-class solidarity would prevent such a war, and it may have been his disillusionment which led him to join forces with 'bourgeois' Irish separatism in the hope of sparking a wider revolution throughout war-weary Europe.
By the time he was co-opted to the military council in earlyhis rhetoric had begun to resemble that of Pearse: Top Build up to the rising An insurrection with any real prospect of challenging British military control of Ireland required two elements to fall into place.
First, the rebels needed a large supply of arms and ammunition.
Although they had successfully made contact with Germany, the steamer sent to Ireland, the 'Aud', was intercepted by the British navy on Easter Saturday, dooming the rising to failure. The second crucial requirement was a successful mobilisation of the Irish Volunteers.
The rebels were again foiled when Eoin MacNeill discovered their plans and issued a countermanding order instructing Irish Volunteers not to turn out for the 'manoeuvres' that had been arranged throughout the country on Easter Sunday.
Although it was clear that a rising no longer had any chance of success, the military council decided to strike. The secrecy with which the rising had been planned ensured that few Volunteers, even those who would willingly have taken part in an insurrection, knew what was really planned and remained at home.
Although it was clear by Easter Sunday both to the rebel leaders and the British authorities who had finally uncovered the conspiracy that a rising no longer had any chance of success, the military council decided to strike the following day.At this time, Ireland was a simple agricultural society.
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