“There are thousands who will claim to have been ‘out’ during Easter Week.”: Recognising military service in the 1916 Easter Rising

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Abstract

Using recently released archives from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC), this article assesses the archival evidence available for assessing how many rebels are recognised as having military service in the Easter Rising of 1916. It argues that while the MSPC contributes towards a more accurate estimation of the number who participated in the Rising, especially in the regions outside Dublin, it does not constitute a definitive figure for rebels active in Easter week. Through an examination of the assessment criteria for military service pensions, it shows how the decision to grant recognised pensionable service for the Rising was affected by geography, politics, legal challenges, the timing of an application, and the subjective assessment of individual assessors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIrish Studies Review
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Easter Rising
  • 1916
  • Military service pensions
  • veterans
  • Cumann na mBan
  • Irish Volunteers
  • Irish Citizen Army

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