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Impact of the Centennial of the Irish Easter Rising April 1916-2016

    This may not be the best of subjects planned for my initial author’s blog, because it ventures into the often precarious topic of politics, when as an author,  I wish only for readers to like and enjoy my published books and not necessarily anyone else’s politics. However, the story that I have uncovered is so full of passion, courage, and dedication, impacting events throughout world history, that it deserves to be retold many times over, especially two months ahead of one of the most controversial celebrations in modern times to take place in April 2016 in Ireland. The subject event was precipitated by the advent of one of the bloodiest wars in history (17 million killed) called the Great War, World War I, in 1914. According to Wikipedia, the growing likelihood of enforced conscription of the Irish to fight for Britain, and the British war powers acts that denied free speech and free press had as much to do with the uprising as a nationalistic urge to free Ireland from England’s oppression. Much of the following information comes from the recently published (2015) book by James Heartfield and Kevin Rooney entitled “Who’s Afraid of the Easter Rising?”: The Defence of the Realm Act, a war powers act by Britain over Ireland, covered any and all activities of life, both political and social and especially prohibited the right to organize, assemble or strike.. To the extent that any act, innocent or not could be construed as an act of sedition, punishable by imprisonment or death, Britain laid siege to the Irish, on top of and in addition to...