The 1916 Rising, as we all know, was about Freedom.
Wolfe Tone told us all about Freedom, as did John Mitchel, even though Mitchel’s concept of Freedom didn’t quite extend to those Africans whose slavery he worked tirelessly to defend in America.
And Pearse explained at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa that anyone who disagreed with Tone and Mitchel was nothing short of a blasphemer.
But anyway, let’s talk about Freedom, and in particular, let’s talk about the freedom of the poor, of the workers, of the oppressed, since there isn’t any other sort of freedom worth a penny bag of sweets.
Here, we won’t talk about concepts like Nationhood, since those great notions never put so much as a boiled spud on a poor man’s table or a shoe on the foot of a poor man’s child.
Instead, let us talk about the pressing issues of the poor. Food. Shelter. Health. Money.
I intend to draw up a list of all the practical ways in which the poor directly benefited as a result of the 1916 Rising, but I’ll do it with the help of the readers. We’ll make a list together.
Please feel free to provide examples.
What were the tangible ways in which poor people found themselves better off following the 1916 Rising?