The Easter Rising of 1916 was a revolt against the British, led by Padraig Pearse and Tom Clarke, backed by the Irish Volunteers and members of the Irish Citizen Army. They took control of the General Post Office in Dublin, along with other key positions. Fighting continued for five days until the British put down the rebels.
Fifteen of the leaders were subsequently tried and executed. Although the rebellion had not been popular with the majority of Irish people, the executions caused widespread antagonism towards the British. It marked the beginning of the end of British rule in Ireland.
The Infant of Prague statue stands 19 inches high and is made of wax. It was given to Princess Polyxena by her mother as a wedding present and, when her husband died, the princess gave it to the Carmelites. There are many stories of miraculous healing through prayers to the infant.
It is often said that St Patrick banished snakes from Ireland. It is certainly true that no snakes exist in Ireland today but perhaps they never did. Whatever the truth of the matter, banishing snakes may be seen as a metaphor for St Patrick driving out Ireland's evil pagan ways.
A tribute to the Irish Rebellion of 1798
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The Irish Famine of 1841 was a turning point in Irish history. It has been estimated that at least one million people died of starvation and disease in the 1840s, and at least another one million emigrated during the Famine period.
The Famine hardened resentment toward the British and ultimately gave the Nationalists the international strength in the many sympathetic Irish immigrants living in America.