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1916 __ Broadcast of the Proclamation of 1916 in Ireland
Comment : In 1916 the Irish Republicans broadcast a call to arms from the General Post Office in Dublin, which they had seized during the Easter Rising attempt to secure independence from the London government. It's not likely that the broadcast was heard by anyone other than postal engineers, but what was important was that the broadcast was made rather than who heard it. (Richard Logue, Richard Cullumb, Barry Mishkind)"In the name of God, and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland through us summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.." (The Proclamation of 1916 - To the People of Ireland - Signed on Behalf of the Provisional Government, Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, P. H. Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett). No braver words than these have been spoken in Ireland in our time; no single event in modern Irish history has been more significant in its results than this Proclamation of the Irish Republic on Easter Monday, 1916. The rising has been called a poets' insurrection, but poetic vision did not exclude the ability to plan and organise a great adventure and carry it though in the face of difficulties that brought it, at the outset, almost to the brink of disaster. Additions to the G.P.O. garrison strength during Monday [after Easter] made it possible to extend the outposts covering it by the occupation of other building early on Tuesday [Headquarters was at the General Post Office (GPO), where Pearse as Supreme Commander and Connolly as Commandant General of the Dublin District were located. After the occupation of the General Post Office at noon the building was put in a state of defence]. In one of these - Reis's - a radio broadcasting set was erected, and from Tuesday afternoon to mid-day on Wednesday news of the Rising and of the progress of the fighting was broadcast. On another - the Imperial Hotel - the Irish Citizen Army flag was flown on Wednesday. (Provisional Irish Republican Army website)
Urls : http://www.oldradio.com/archives/international/ireland.html (last visited ) http://www.freewebs.com/provos2/easter1916.htm (last visited )

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