|Constance Georgina de Marievicz|
It's hard to believe that on April 24, we will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Irish Republic. Ireland's Easter Rising, also known as the Easter Rebellion, an armed insurrection to end British rule in Ireland and establish an Independent Irish Republic, took place Easter Week, 1916.
Although the rebellion was crushed, the British handed the rebels a further propaganda coup by executing all nine of the rebellion's leaders including the severely wounded James Connelly. Although the fearless fighter Countess Markievicz fought with the leaders of the rebellion her life was spared. Popular support then swung behind the rebels, allowing the successful War of Independence three years later.
|Lissadell House, Sligo, Ireland fairy tale.|
In 1907, Constance first became known to British intelligence for her role in helping to found Na Fianna Eireann, a nationalist scout’s organization whose purpose was to teach young boys in military drill and the use of firearms. These youths would later become the volunteers during the Easter uprising.
The Citizens Army drilled regularly and one soldier remarked, “She was lovely in uniform. I can remember seeing her marching at the head of the Citizen army with James Connolly and Michael Mallin at a parade one Sunday afternoon. My God, she was it!”
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