The Proclamation of the Irish Republic 1916
Shortly after 12 noon on Monday the 24rd April 1916 Padraig H. Pearse Standing beneath the pillars of the GPO and in the company of other members of the provisional Government, James Connolly, Joseph Plunket, Tom Clark, and Sean Mac Diarmada, read the Proclamation of The Irish Republic to the People Of Ireland. A Green Flag Bearing the inscription “IRISH REPUBLIC” was raised at the corner of the GPO and Princes Street, and the Tricolour of green, white, and orange was hoisted shortly afterwards. Of the remaining two signatories Eamonn Ceannt’s 4th Battalion had mobilised at Emerald Square, just north of Dolphins Barn, and Thomas MacDonagh’s 2nd Battalion were assembling at Amiens Street station.
The Reading of the Proclamation signalled the start of the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916, and set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to Irish Independence in 1922.
The purpose of this website is to promote the original image of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic as it was printed on Easter Sunday 1916, and to honour the ordinary Men and Women of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizens Army and Cumann na mBan who took part in the week long Rebellion against the might of the British Empire.
Viral copies of the Proclamation
It is astonishing that there are more copies of viral forms of the Proclamation in circulation on the world wide web and in print and media than there are of the Original image. These Viral copies are so prevalent that they are being accepted as true representations of the Original.
Original copies of the Proclamation
The 1916 Proclamation is the founding document of the Irish Republic, the Title deeds to the independence of the Irish Republic. The Original print with all its technical imperfections is a true work of art, a masterpiece, especially when viewed in context of the circumstances of its printing.