One hundred years ago, during Easter Week of 1916, the so-called 'Easter Rising' began. It was an armed rebellion attempting to free Ireland from British rule.
It was probably inevitable, given the tormented history of the English and Irish peoples stretching back over many centuries. Nevertheless, it left a lasting bitterness, and led directly to the Irish War of Independence a few years later. That, in turn, led to the partition of Ireland and gave rise to the Troubles in Northern Ireland in more recent years.
Let's remember all who died, on whatever side. There were few men of genuine goodwill willing to seek honorable solutions. Fanaticism reigned supreme, and its bitter fruit is still with us today.