Getting into the past and learning about
the Easter Rising
2016 marks an import anniversary for the Easter Rising when a group of Irish men tried to fight against the English in Dublin. Some women were also involved in the riots.
I happened to be in Dublin in 2013 and 2014 and I was told that Dublin would celebrate the 100th anniversary with lots of events in 2016.
In 1916 there was an important event which marked the history of the island and people would never forget it. You can find articles online, learn about the heroes and the men who wanted the land to become free. If you walk along the streets in Dublin - in the area of the Post Office- you will find the names of people who were involved in the events. I keep on telling myself that you can learn a lot about a country by visiting its places and streets. Dublin is a piece of history in every corner of the city. Irish people are proud of this history.
This video is about the past history of Ireland and explains why the Irish wanted to become independent from the UK:
The poet Yeats wrote about the event : you can read the text online here
This is a reading aloud of the poem by the actor Liam Neeson: the text is a sad reflection on the death of those who were involved in the rising. The lines from the poem can be found in many tweets which I am going to share with you.
If you search the web you will find more documents that remind us of the death of the Irish heroes in 1916:
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Classroom resources for teaching the Easter Rising
http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/20century/topic_3_05/welcome.htm ( Topic Easter 1916 to the Troubles
http://www.1916rising.com/pic_poetry.html ( The poets of the Easter rising)
As a teacher of English I have always been interested in the conflict between the Irish and the English in the XIX and XX century. I have learnt a lot by reading online and by visiting Dublin when I did a course about teaching Literature in English and when I could learn more about this city and its past history.
I am on Twitter and so I have found interesting hashtags about the event: you can check them now and see what is happening in Dublin today.
If you are interested there is tour guide online which can help you learn about the rising and what happened.
These are some interesting hasttags which I have found
Tweet riguardo #easter rising Tweet riguardo easter 1916
Have a nice journey into Ireland and its past history!