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Reilly 1 How Irish History Affects Its Music After seven hundred years of British rule and many uprisings that ended in failure Ireland had reached a breakthrough This breakthrough had an affect on many different people especially Irish musicians The series of uprisings and wars that led to the freedom of most of Ireland developed a new form of Irish music the rebel songs On Easter Monday of 1916 the first shot of the Easter Uprising was fired Six members of the Irish Citizen Army shot a policeman on the streets of Dublin in the head This was the start of a new era an era where Ireland would be free Pearse the Commander in chief of the Irish Citizen Army and Connolly the leader of the Dublin division led the main body of troops through Dublin to the General Post Office The GPA became the rebels headquarters for the six-day battle against the British Army There were heavy casualties on the British side but the Irish were still unsuccessful There statement was made though and they surrendered on the following Sunday Two thousand people were arrested that day and the leaders Reilly 2 were put to death Even though the original opinion of the people about the uprising wasnt in favor of it after the death of the leaders they were outraged CooganTroubles pgs 19-25 In May of 1918 the remainder of the prisoners were released The shadow government and the Irish Republican Army were established Eamon DeVelera was the president of the shadow government and Michael Collins and Harry Boland his right hand men are associated with the IRAs establishment The IRA performed many rebellious acts towards the British and any Irish spies that they hired The British felt that something needed to be done but did not have the troops due to the First World War To work around this they sent in a hand-picked elite
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