This is pretty momentous for me. I’ve done fifty of these posts now so I wanted to mark that in some way: collecting the best (so far) of the things I’ve read about the 1916 Rising and its commemoration was fitting. Thanks for the many, many hundreds of clicks the tweets, the Facebook posts and the blogposts get, and a special thanks to the hundreds of writers featured. Here’s to the next fifty!
This is Damian Shields on the Swede and the Finn who fought in the GPO.
Next Felix Larkin on FX Martin’s view of the ‘altruistic evil’ of the Rising.
Irish artist Fergal McCarthy’s playful comc strip A Country Is Born.
How two lawyers ended up on opposing sides in 1916 from Conor Gallagher.
Margaret Skinnider’s 1916 autobiographical story: Doing my bit for Ireland.
Donal Fallon on The Come Here to Me blog on the newspapers’ reaction to the Rising: “While Dublin was reproducing its squalid version of Paris Commune..”
A piece on the Proclamation of the Irish Republic’s typography and construction.
And finally, another piece by Brenda Malone, this time on Captain John Bowen-Colthurst, insane in Dublin 1916?
A Storify collection of the original tweets is here.
Image above is taken on St. Stephen’s Green, on Easter Monday, 1916, showing Dr. Edmund J. McWeeney reading the Proclamation.