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Topics in Chronicling America - Easter Rising 1916

Ever after known as the Easter Rising, an armed insurrection aimed at establishing independent Irish rule took place during Easter Week, April 24-29, 1916. Led by the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army (mistakenly referred to in the US press as “Sinn Feiners”) occupied numerous locations in Dublin, proclaiming the establishment of the Irish Republic. However British soldiers soon massed to quell the rebellion and by the end of the week, over 400 people were killed and well over 1,000 injured, the majority being civilians. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • April 24, 1916. Members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army assemble on Easter Monday, occupying buildings in Dublin and proclaiming the establishment of the Irish Republic.
  • April 25-26, 1916. Irish Volunteers and ICA members in other parts of the country also revolt.
  • April 29, 1916. In order to prevent further loss of life, rebellion leaders surrender.
  • May 1916. Rebellion leaders are tried and executed; nearly 100 others are arrested and tried by court-martial. Nearly 2,000 other ‘rebels’ are deported and sent to England.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Irish Revolt, Irish Rebellion, Irish Republican Brotherhood, Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, Army of the Irish Republic, Eoin MacNeill, Patrick Pearse, Thomas Clarke, Sean MacDiarmad, Joseph Plunkett, Eamonn Ceannt, James Connolly, Thomas MacDonagh, Roger Casement, Easter Rebellion
  • Many of the names were misspelled and/or shortened. Try various spellings – such as MacDiarmad/MacDiarmada, Eoin/John, etc.
  • It is important to narrow the date range to April – June 1916 in order to limit the results to articles published at the time of the events.

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