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Monday, March 21, 2016

How Not to Recognize an Anniversary

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin paid tribute to the courage of Catholic priests who ministered to the wounded and dying during the Easter Rising of 1916.
At a St. Patrick's Day Mass, the archbishop recalled the bloodshed that occurred at the general post office nearby 100 years ago. He said that rebel leaders "drew courage from their faith to know how to life (sp?) and face death." He pointed out that even some noted rebels who were estranged from the Church "received the sacraments before their execution." 

Dublin, 1916

 So the Easter Rising of 1916 took place on St. Patrick's Day? No....it started April 24th (Easter Monday).  Luckily, the Catholics were there to help the wounded. Except for the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a Catholic group in the middle of the fight.

 The Easter Rising lasted from Easter Monday 24 April 1916 to Easter Saturday 29 April 1916. Annual commemorations, rather than taking place on 24–29 April, are typically based on the date of Easter, which is a moveable feast. For example, the annual military parade is on Easter Sunday; the date of coming into force of the Republic of Ireland Act 1948 was symbolically chosen as Easter Monday (18 April) 1949. The official programme of centenary events in 2016 climaxes from 25 March (Good Friday) to 2 April (Easter Saturday) with other events earlier and later in the year taking place on the calendrical anniversaries.

So we note the celebration on Easter Monday, which this year is March 28th Or not. Or St. Patrick's Day. Or not.


 The British Army reported casualties of 116 dead, 368 wounded and nine missing.Sixteen policemen died, and 29 were wounded. Rebel and civilian casualties were 318 dead and 2,217 wounded. The Volunteers and ICA recorded 64 killed in action, but otherwise Irish casualties were not divided into rebels and civilians. All 16 police fatalities and 22 of the British soldiers killed were Irishmen British families came to Dublin Castle in May 1916 to reclaim the bodies and funerals were arranged. British bodies which were not claimed were given military funerals in Grangerman Military Cemetery.