Tuesday April 15, 2014
This April sees the anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf ... a major event in Irish medieval history and the end of the career for High King Brian Boru. So, time to party. And an epic party it will be:
For two full days, Vikings will take over the shores of Dublin Bay again, this coming weekend. Many hundred reenactors will assemble to present Viking life around 1014 to the visitors. And to re-fight the Battle of Clontarf (though with considerably less casualties ... they are just having historical fun). More information on the official Clontarf website.
Monday April 14, 2014
Once the shooting in the streets and the Easter Rising of 1916 was over, the shootings in the jails started - the British backlash ensured that minor poets became major martyrs ... it was only the aftermath of the Easter Rising
that made the blundering military operation by amateurs an ultimate success story.
Friday April 11, 2014
At noon on Easter Monday 1916, bemused Dubliners saw columns of men marching through their city. Carrying antiquated guns or even pikes and pickaxes. Wearing colourful and flamboyant uniforms - or civilian clothes. Some listened to Patrick Pearse proclaiming the "Irish Republic". The Easter Rising had begun ...
Wednesday April 9, 2014
In 1916 British Intelligence had definite information that the Irish Republicans were planning an armed rebellion. They knew the main players and the main problem holding them back - too few weapons. And that a seemingly united front was already crumbling. So what was the plan for the Easter Rising?