Easter Proclamation of 1916

The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the people of Ireland
The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the people of Ireland

Historical Context

The 1916 Easter Proclamation of an Irish Republic was read out on 24th April by Patrick Pearce on the steps of the General Post office in Dublin. It was the beginning of a week-long attempt by Irish rebels to end British control in Ireland.

Printed just the day before, the document proclaims openly the rebellion's objectives, their belief in their right to sovereignty, through arms if necessary, and the names of those leading it.

After British troops regained control, 15 leaders of the rebellion including signatories of the Proclamation were executed by British firing squads. However the Proclamation and the events that surrounded it turned public opinion and lead directly to the establishment of political party Sinn Féin and the 1919 Declaration of Irish Independence.

Document Info


Location signed: Dublin, Ireland

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  • 1916-04-24 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin
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