TO BE POSTED HERE ON WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL 2021 : POLITICAL AND MILITARY MANOEUVRINGS BETWEEN THE ‘IRISH VOLUNTEER’ LEADERSHIP AND THE BRITISH ARMY DURING EASTER WEEK 1916.
In answer to some queries we have had in relation to this issue, we are talking about the ‘Irish Volunteer’ organisation, not John Redmond’s ‘(Irish) National Volunteers’ which, by 1917, were ‘practically dead/non-existent’, as the British described them ; that organisation in fact imploded that same year, although it was to all intent and purposes badly limping along from the summer of 1914, when the ‘First World War’ started : its leaders, John Redmond and William O’Brien, had called on their followers to enlist in the British military forces, a call which disgusted the republicans within that organisation.
Indeed, the ‘Inspector-General of the National Volunteers’ spoke openly about how the British military were not inclined to suppress them and voiced his disappointment that the British ‘authorities’ would not ‘permit’ the ‘National Volunteers’ to drill, train and practice. Who asks their enemy if it’s ok that they ‘skill-up’, unless, of course, you know it’s not your enemy that your making that request to?
The ‘deal’ done in one county between the leadership of the ‘Irish Volunteers’ and the British political and military leadership, in Easter Week, 1916, is the issue we’ll be covering here, and we expect that our readers will be as sickened by the very notion that any ‘deal’ of that type should even be sought, never mind accepted, by the ‘IV’ local leadership.
And, to cap it all, the arrangement made and agreed to was reneged on by the British!
Thanks for reading ; we’ll be explaining all on Wednesday, 28th April 2021. Hope you can check back with us then.