The Irish History Essay

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The Irish History

The following events have all helped shape the course of Irish history
in the 20th century. The Easter rising 1916, The deployment of British
troops in Northern Ireland 1969, ”Bloody Sunday” 30 January 1972.
Which of these events has had the biggest impact on the history of the
conflict in Ireland?

The Easter Rising, Bloody Sunday and the deployment of British troops
in Northern Ireland all had big impacts on the history of the conflict
in Northern Ireland. Which one, however, had the biggest impact on the
conflict?

The Easter Rising took place in 1916 in Ireland. Padraig Pearse was a
key individual in the Easter rising and was a politician. He wanted
independence from Britain. Straight after the Easter rising, the Irish
were happy with the British and they were supporting them. Later on,
however, the opinion of the Irish changed to become very anti-British.
This is because of the execution of socialist leader James Connelly.

The Irish then came to hate the British, especially Catholics and
Nationalists. This was a long term consequence. The Irish were very
angry at the execution of James Connelly and rebelled at the British.
Because of this, another long term consequence was created. The
British then had less trust in the Irish. Because of the lack of trust
between the Irish and the British, the Irish possibly had less chance
of persuading the British to release Ireland and allow Nationalists to
work with the British. This was both a long term and a short term
consequence. Trust was also lost between Protestants and Catholics.
The Easter rising also caused Sinn Fein to become more determined to
succeed and also become more popular, because of the amount of votes
they were receiving. This, too, was both a long and short term
consequence. The executions of leaders, such as James Connelly, lead
to the creation of martyrs. This meant that more violence was
happening in Ireland. This was a long term consequence, as there are
still martyrs, or terrorists, today. America was now very unhappy with
the British government. This was a short and long term consequence.
Another long term consequence was that the British army then became
very unpopular in Ireland.

On August 12th 1969, the battle of the bogside took place. It started
off as a relatively peaceful parade, until Protestants and Catholics
began throwing missiles at each other. The loyalists retaliated to the
missiles by throwing pennies at the Catholics. This was a traditional
insult to suggest that the Catholics were very poor and needed the
pennies. The Catholics reacted very badly to this, and before long
there was a riot. The rioting continued for a further 2 days. This led
to the British troops being sent into Belfast by the RUC. They were
sent in because the Protestants needed protection. Also the...

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