WW2. A number of Jewish people were killed in the Blitz there too, as Belfast had received many children under the Kindertransport scheme.
Here in England, the news about President Kennedy was received as just another news item, albeit sad and shocking, except within the Irish community of course. Interestingly, the Irish Protestants in my neighbourhood were as saddened at the news as were the Catholics. He was mourned as an Irishman, not as a Catholic. It strikes me that, in issues that really matter, being Irish seems to be more important than church.
By the way, the only 'Black & Tan' hanged for murder during the War of Independence was an Irishman - a Dubliner and a Protestant. You'll find a review of my book 'Running with Crows' [my author name is DJ Kelly] here at The Wild Geese and also details of it here in the Green Pages. My research for the book centred around the Dublin community in which the executed William Mitchell had grown up. My research taught me that, back then, Dubliners cleaved to their local communities rather than to their churches. The United Irishmen (arguably the first serious movement towards unity and independence) were men of all faiths. It's fascinating to read about them.
When next you visit Dublin, do go into St Michan's church, where you can 'shake hands' with a long-dead crusader down in the vaults. Churches are great repositories of our history.
et revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish volunteers and the Irish citizens Army, have patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory"
Roger casement was disillusioned ( which perhaps led to depression) with Germany's response of ammunition and 20,000 rifles. Instead he hoped there would also have been German 'boots on the ground' The failure of this mission played a huge part in the confusion regarding the timing of the 'right moment to reveal itself ' .
This failure could have been a blessing in disguise, especially for the people of Kerry. Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee was the primary recruitment base for the Royal Munster Fusiliers and was heavily involved in recruitment at that time with over a thousand men and more in training there. Most of them would have been Irish and many from Tralee and surrounding area. They would probably have been drawn into a reluctant war a type of civil war with other Irishmen had these guns landed. It was generally the British policy in Ireland at that time to leave the issues of policing and combating the insurgents in the War of Independence to the RIC the Black and Tans and to the Auxiliaries. But this was different and the Rebellion was the very start, prior to any such policies being formulated.
On a national scale this failure led to confusion and countermanding of orders regarding mobilization from the head man Eóin Mc Neill who changed his mind after being misinformed and then on learning the truth of it changed his mind again. So much for meticulous planning. I think it reasonable that McNeill had knowledge of this proclamation and its contents. The question here is if the Rebellion was planned for Easter Sunday where was the evidence of 'resolutely waiting for the right moment' A shopkeeper would be a poor one indeed if he waited until the Easter weekend to get in his supply of Easter Eggs. The importation of these guns would require distribution and then training in their use, tasks that would be difficult to achieve in a couple of days. So the planning / timing was askew.
Its no wonder men like Bulmer Hobson gave up on these schemes and retired into obscurity. Again this failure due to bad planning may have been a blessing nationally, as the Rebellion as it was, was confined to Dublin. Had the guns arrived and the entire country rise, the spectacular failure of the 1916 Rising would not have been realized. The martyrdom of the leaders was the greatest coup for Independence as we have learned. This decision to have the leaders shot was down to this failure of a successful importation of arms but as stated in the Proclamation...'by gallant allies in Europe' This was seen as the ultimate treason the ultimate attempt at sedition.
So all considered regarding the 'what ifs' we could say the best thing for Ireland, the best failure of its history could be put down to "No answering signal from the Shore" Those unfortunate men at Ballykissane in their fervor went to their deaths for an ideal but was it needless?
t with Valerie.
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