Commemorate Easter Rising with Permanent O'Connell Street Monument
This weekend officially marks the Centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916. In Dublin, and around the country, there will be ceremonies to mark the occasion. It will be a time of reflection, patriotism, and pride.
However, on the capital's main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street -- a street on which there are several statues and monuments, commemorating different figures (and, moments) in Irish history -- there is no statue or monument to commemorate either the Easter Rising, the Seven Signers of the 1916 Proclamation, or the 1916 Proclamation, itself.
This is an unfortunate oversight, but one which could be easily remedied.
Therefore, this petition (directed to the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, as well as to the Department of the Taoiseach), asks that provision and priority be given to permanently commemorate the events of the Easter Rising, on O'Connell Street in Dublin, with a new monument in the centre island (dividing lanes of opposing traffic) -- specifically, in front of the GPO, between the statue of James Larkin and the Spire.
Though the details of the new monument can be left to the future, the idea of this petition is to try to encourage future planning for the street, which is now undergoing refurbishment due to the installation of the new Luas line, to include a commemorative monument depicting the Easter Rising, and or the Signers of the Proclamation.
One hundred years on, the Ireland of today is a very different place from the Ireland of 1916. However, national pride still burns bright in the hearts of Irish men and women. And, as the Government's official website comments, the Easter Rising is, "the event that is generally regarded as having led to Ireland’s independence some six years later."
It is probably also true to say that the words and ideals of the 1916 Proclamation, which were read by Padraig Pearse on the steps of the GPO, on Easter Monday (April 24th), 1916, served as one of the guiding stars for the new republic, for many years after the Rising.
So, this year, and this weekend (in particular), the People and Government of Ireland are commemorating the Easter Rising, as one episode in the painful birth of a nation...Not to glorify the fighting which took place, but to honour the memory of that seminal event, in which many made the ultimate sacrifice for, "...the right of the people of Ireland...to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible" (1916 Proclamation).
The Irish people deserve the right to be proud of their history...all of their history, including the singular event which ultimately led to the establishment of the Irish Republic.
And, they deserve the right to commemorate this part of their history with a new, patriotic monument, in the heart of the nation's capital.
Thank you for signing this petition.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For History of the Rising, as well as information on the commemorative ceremonies taking place: http://www.ireland.ie/history
Full text of the 1916 Proclamation - http://goireland.about.com/od/theeasterrisingof1916/fl/Proclamation-of-the-Irish-Republic-1916.htm
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Time to build a permanent monument on O'Connell Street, commemorating the Easter Rising