The Easter Rising of 1916

Black and white photograph of Abbey Street and Sackville Street with statue of William Smith O'Brien, the General Post Office and Nelson's Pillar. You can see piles of rubble, pedestrians, a few cars and a tram.

100 years ago today, on 24 April 1916, a minority of Irish men and women led an armed insurrection against British rule to gain independence. While the series of events, that are now known as the Easter Rising, were neither the start nor the end on the long path to a free Ireland, they have a very special place in Irish history and the hearts of Irish people all over the world.

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A very special Hallelujah

Father Ray Kelly sings Hallelujah and smiles.

Two years ago to the day, Father Ray Kelly gave a remarkable performance in his parish that significantly influenced his life and touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide. I’m delighted to commemorate this illustrious event here with some of his thoughts and experiences that he shared with me especially for IrishBayrisch.

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