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The Easter Rising of 1916 The Easter Rising of 1916 had profound and far-reaching effects on Ireland's subsequent history. It's been referred to as 'The Irish War for Independence' and has been the pivotal event in finally securing independence for the Republic of Ireland. For centuries, Ireland was under English rule, the English perceiving that the Irish to become barbarians who had to be clubbed. The intrusion from King Henry II of England from the nineteenth century, the attempts by future British monarchs to colonize Ireland with English, the massacres orchestrated by Cromwell (1652), and how the English had handled the Irish throughout their 'darkest hour' (The Famine 1845-1852) needed all contributed to the growing dissatisfaction among the Irish natives. Many had tried rebellions before, none had succeeded in getting what many of the Irish population wanted - a free country, one in which they could claim back their own heritage as landowners. A number of events led up to the 1916 Rising, all of that had put on which would take place. First, the generations of national oppression by indigenous landlords and increasing capitalism had led to the formation, at a Dublin timber yard, of the Irish Republican Brotherhood or even I.R.B. in 1858. They were direct descendents of the rebels called the Fenians. Their figures never exceeded more than 2000 men, who were mostly intellectuals - writers, poets, educators, professionals - and they were quite reliable. Especially, they were ready to use force to be able to find federal independence for Ireland. Another m.. .