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Easter 1916 celebrations are brainwashed nonsense

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  • 25-02-2016 2:19am
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    and is downright dangerous..............to hell with 1916 and the Easter celebrations. It really is a celebration of unelected, unaccountable, self appointed extremists who decided to take over the city at a time when political engagement and representation was ongoing. If a group of people did that today because they didnt like how the country was run how would or how should they be dealt with?

    Maybe that would be right when you consider the banking debt etc and maybe the people of 1916 were right (history has shown they were) but celebrating this kind of thing has unintended consequences. To hell with the blood sacrifice crap. Ireland could very well be a united republic today if it werent for 1916. India pulled it off, Scotland had the option. How many people would have lived? How would our infrastructure be? Maybe there would have been a north - south civil war. Maybe that would have been a better outcome than an Anglo Irish war and following civil war. We dont know the answers to any of this. But we do know that an independent Ireland without the north has, mostly, been the cause of deaths in conflicts north and south of the border, a kind of home rule is Rome rule truth with dire consequences regarding child abuse, corruption as bad as some of British/Anglo Irish rule, massive emigration and real poverty until recent decades.

    1916 celebrations are flawed. The day of the first Dail is what should be celebrated or else the date of the elections themselves. But people in Ireland are brainwashed from an early age and cant seem to see past it. If the past 100 years had of been a peaceful transition to independence that included the North then the addition of northern politicians may not be a bad add to the mix**. Couldnt be any worse could it?

    ** this assumes a different type of politician that conflict and prejudice in the north over the last 100 years bred.

    Its equally possible that 1916 was the worst thing to happen Ireland in the last 100 years. And I definitely do not care for the nonsense and outright disgusting notion that heads of state should be born into it as per the British monarchy. I`m 100% republican. That probably messes with some shinnerbots heads.

    Any other boardsies think celebrating 1916 is flawed?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,697 ✭✭✭✭Kermit.de.frog


    I totally agree with the OP. The economic ideology they had was insane as well and would have led to a post 1960's Cuban style state. Commies the lot of them.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,631 ✭✭✭Dirty Dingus McGee


    There are a whole load of nonsense maybe's in that opening post.

    The reason 1916 is commemorated and not the independence of the 26 counties is because commemorating the independence of the 26 counties would be an insult to the nationalists in the north who were left behind.

    1916 was about an independent Ireland (the whole island) and it's that the event started the process of Ireland gaining independent and that is why it is important just like the signing of the Declaration of Independent in America by the Founding fathers in 1776 despite the USA not being independent for many years later and a number of the founding fathers owning slaves.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,938 ✭✭✭galljga1


    I predict another shinner bashing thread.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭flas


    You are very very flawed in any understanding of Irish history in the last 120 years,so much so its actually frightening...

    BTW our biggest loss from 1916 was Connelly and his progressive thinking...


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,893 ✭✭✭Canis Lupus


    Its that time of the year again is it?


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    To hell with the blood sacrifice crap. Ireland could very well be a united republic today if it werent for 1916. India pulled it off, Scotland had the option.

    Erm, would that be the British Indian Empire that was partitioned into Pakistan and India and where up to 2 million died and 14 million were forced to move in the violence that followed, and where the countries to this day remain locked in conflict over regions like the Kashmir, which has seen each country develop a nuclear programme?

    Was that India "pulling it off"? I wouldn't exactly say it all went swimmingly...


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,988 ✭✭✭✭bnt


    I just wish there was a bit more of a global, long-term perspective. It was 1916. The Great War was at its peak. Thousands of soldiers were dying daily around Verdun. How much time did the British government have to deal with some rebellious Irish, do you think? I can almost hear Asquith saying "just make it go away, please, we've got bigger fish to fry".

    From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’.

    — Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut



  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 976 ✭✭✭beach_walker


    ...at a time when political engagement and representation was ongoing.

    It was in its hole. The Brits needed meat for the grinder, hence them promising everything to everybody in order to get the bodies. Arabs, Jews, ourselves, Ulster protestants... all were assured they'd get their wishes if only they signed up for that pointless war.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,570 ✭✭✭RandomName2


    There are a whole load of nonsense maybe's in that opening post.

    The reason 1916 is commemorated and not the independence of the 26 counties is because commemorating the independence of the 26 counties would be an insult to the nationalists in the north who were left behind.

    1916 was about an independent Ireland (the whole island) and it's that the event started the process of Ireland gaining independent and that is why it is important just like the signing of the Declaration of Independent in America by the Founding fathers in 1776 despite the USA not being independent for many years later and a number of the founding fathers owning slaves.

    Well 1916 probably set back the entire concept of a united Ireland, so I don't know why you'd use that as a reason for celebration.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,960 ✭✭✭WesternZulu


    Ireland could very well be a united republic today if it werent for 1916. India pulled it off, Scotland had the option. How many people would have lived?

    Hindsight is a great thing!
    How could those involved in 1916 have foreseen any of this!

    The very fact that they did what they did, knowing that it was in all likelihood going to end in failure, shows the desperation that they felt.
    There was probably a sense that it was perhaps the only way to set the wheels in motion for independence.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,750 ✭✭✭iDave


    You'd swear it was the only act of violence that took place in history the way some revisionists talk about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,570 ✭✭✭RandomName2


    Hindsight is a great thing!
    How could those involved in 1916 have foreseen any of this!

    Well the volunteers couldn't because soldiers aren't supposed to have foresight: they are supposed to point and shoot.

    The leaders of the Rising could see that they were disrupting a delicate political process by deliberately bringing WW1 to Dublin: but it was predominantly an IRB rising, which had never placed any value in politics, so that was to be expected. Pearse, in particular, liked the idea of a blood sacrifice, but the whole idea about taking up arms, digging trenches, and fortifying positions was all very much in vogue at the time, so you could just say they were guerilla fashion victims.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,988 ✭✭✭✭VinLieger


    Hindsight is a great thing!
    How could those involved in 1916 have foreseen any of this!

    The very fact that they did what they did, knowing that it was in all likelihood going to end in failure, shows the desperation that they felt.
    There was probably a sense that it was perhaps the only way to set the wheels in motion for independence.

    They were impatient nothing more, Home Rule was inevitable and had simply been postponed till after the war and it would have eventually led to full independence much like the creation of the free state did, albeit with a lot less bloodshed which pearse we know now had a hard-on for


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,915 ✭✭✭The flying mouse


    I for one am very proud of the men and women who gave there lives and freedom to get our nation its nearly independence from the biggest empire of the day,hindsight is great with the if ony this and if only that,what about if only the british didn't invade us in the first place...


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,988 ✭✭✭✭VinLieger


    I for one am very proud of the men and women who gave there lives and freedom to get our nation its nearly independence from the biggest empire of the day,hindsight is great with the if ony this and if only that,what about if only the british didn't invade us in the first place...

    What hindsight was required to know that Home Rule had simply been postponed till after the war?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    It's something that happened in Dublin, I won't be celebrating it because it had no bearing in my life whatsoever, for good or bad. It's interesting from an historical point of view, that's it. I have to laugh at the likes of Donegal County Council organising events because some of the rebels could speak Irish, that's tenuous at best.

    If we're going to commemorate futile exercises where people died needlessly, here's some food for thought. Well over a thousand Donegal men were killed in the Somme in 1916, none were killed at the GPO


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 976 ✭✭✭beach_walker


    VinLieger wrote: »
    What hindsight was required to know that Home Rule had simply been postponed till after the war?

    It was very convenient that it had to be postponed (just tell both sides to sign up and fight, you'll get whatever you want afterwards). Event the British conduct up til 1916 shows they didn't take it seriously whether it was turning a blind eye to the arming up North or Lloyd George's guarantee to Carson that "Ulster would never merge with the rest of Ireland".

    Yeah just wait til the end of the War (whenever that would be, there was no end in sight to the slaughter), let the tens of thousands of Irish continue to die pointlessly and hope and pray that conscription wouldn't be introduced in Ireland in the mean-time so that the entire young generation wouldn't be sacrificed for 'King and Country'? Great plan.


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 976 ✭✭✭beach_walker


    I won't be celebrating it because it had no bearing in my life whatsoever, for good or bad.

    Really? None whatsoever?! Lol. And it wasn't just a Dublin thing, it's just the area that gets the most press.


  • Registered Users Posts: 76 ✭✭pojfexcsc


    I leave boards for months at a time but always come back for my fix of revisionism and anti-nationalism every once in a while, got a full on blast of it in the face from this thread :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    Really? None whatsoever?! Lol. And it wasn't just a Dublin thing, it's just the area that gets the most press.

    None whatsoever. As far as I know, the couple of dozen headers in Creeslough are still awaiting instruction.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,033 ✭✭✭✭Richard Hillman


    Can't wait for it to be over. It is tacky at this stage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,988 ✭✭✭✭VinLieger


    It was very convenient that it had to be postponed (just tell both sides to sign up and fight, you'll get whatever you want afterwards). Event the British conduct up til 1916 shows they didn't take it seriously whether it was turning a blind eye to the arming up North or Lloyd George's guarantee to Carson that "Ulster would never merge with the rest of Ireland".

    Yeah just wait til the end of the War (whenever that would be, there was no end in sight to the slaughter), let the tens of thousands of Irish continue to die pointlessly and hope and pray that conscription wouldn't be introduced in Ireland in the mean-time so that the entire young generation wouldn't be sacrificed for 'King and Country'? Great plan.

    Okay lets go further into theoreticals then, would Home Rule have happened without the war?


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 976 ✭✭✭beach_walker


    None whatsoever. As far as I know, the couple of dozen headers in Creeslough are still awaiting instruction.

    So you actually disagree with the premise of the thread then right? The OP is mad about 1916 because they (and most people) recognise it led to the war of independence, civil war and well the last 100 years of Irish history in one way or another.

    To claim the last hundred years has had no effect on your life whatsoever, good or bad, is... well, possibly one of the most ridiculous things I've read in AH.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,570 ✭✭✭RandomName2


    I for one am very proud of the men and women who gave there lives and freedom to get our nation its nearly independence from the biggest empire of the day,hindsight is great with the if ony this and if only that,what about if only the british didn't invade us in the first place...

    The british didn't invade Ireland - the British were invaded by the Vikings, and over the course of a couple of hundred years became the Anglo-Saxons (or English). Instead you are thinking of the Normans who also invaded both England, and multiple kingdoms in Ireland. The Normans entirely subjugated England (killing their king in the battle of Hastings), and later gained control of a large part of Ireland by dominating many of the minor kingdoms, through their (partnership?) with Leinster. But that happened almost a thousand years ago, and had very, very little to do with anything during WW1.

    Unless you are talking about the self styled "British Empire" (that is the UK), which only "invaded" Ireland as part of larger conflicts (like you could say that the British army invaded Dublin during the 1916 Rising, t'would be a bit silly)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,570 ✭✭✭RandomName2


    VinLieger wrote: »
    Okay lets go further into theoreticals then, would Home Rule have happened without the war?

    It had to. It was the law. In fact it did happen after the war - it just wasn't recognised by nationalists.

    Without the war home rule for all of Ireland would quite likely have occurred, with some sort of rising or rebellion from the unionists. Who knows how that would have turned out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,629 ✭✭✭magma69


    The West Brits really have their knickers in a twist about this. You wouldn't see steam coming out of their ears for celebration of a milestone number of years in France on Bastille day.

    I personally am indifferent to it but if Nationalists want to get into the celebrations then power to them.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    So you actually disagree with the premise of the thread then right? The OP is mad about 1916 because they (and most people) recognise it led to the war of independence, civil war and well the last 100 years of Irish history in one way or another.

    To claim the last hundred years has had no effect on your life whatsoever, good or bad, is... well, possibly one of the most ridiculous things I've read in AH.

    The Rising didn't amount to anything, it was Maxwell's brutality that lead to the rise of DeValera and Sinn Fein. If you want to celebrate something, celebrate Asquith sending a bull to squash an ant.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,133 ✭✭✭Shurimgreat


    On the contrary, I think its important for the Irish people to take back the legacy of the 1916 Rising from those who continue to misuse it for political gain.

    The leaders of the 1916 Rising would have zero time for the criminality of many modern day "Republicans". In fact I wish modern day "Republicans" would stop using the word republican.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,988 ✭✭✭✭VinLieger


    magma69 wrote: »
    The West Brits really have their knickers in a twist about this. You wouldn't see steam coming out of their ears for celebration of a milestone number of years in France on Bastille day.

    I personally am indifferent to it but if Nationalists want to get into the celebrations then power to them.

    LOL your implying anyone who has an opinion that it wasn't neccessary for Irish independence and simply led to unnecessary bloodshed a west brit?


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  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 976 ✭✭✭beach_walker


    The Rising didn't amount to anything, it was Maxwell's brutality that lead to the rise of DeValera and Sinn Fein.

    And he was there because of the Rising... Still maintain it had no effect on your life whatsoever??


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