Next month sees the marking of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Irish nationalists headed a campaign to end British rule in Ireland during a time when the outcome of World War 1 was uncertain. We take a look at how the events of 1916 were documented in the British press at the time.
News of the Rising started to filter through to the British newspapers on Tuesday, 25 April 1916. A smattering of local papers managed to squeeze in the late news that at least 12 lives had already been lost and that Irish rebels were in control of parts of the city. By the weekend, eyewitnesses had been found, and the papers were full of vivid accounts of the unfolding events, which sounded like something straight out of Rebellion, the 2016 miniseries on the Easter Rising. On the Saturday, the Aberdeen Evening Express announced, ‘Women Assist Rebels – 19 persons killed’.