Easter Rising

As a young boy around twelve years old I remember helping my father move boxes from my grandmother’s loft which had been stored there for many years. During the removal of these boxes one of them split open and out spilled sheafs of typed paper which I paid no attention to, simply discarding them aside as I was bored with the mundane task of moving them from the loft. After sitting down and surveying the task at hand, I remember thinking, I can’t be bothered doing this, so in this moment of boredom I picked up some of the sheets and started reading the content. These pieces of paper contained words such as, revolutionary, socialist and nationalist. There were also names of people who I couldn’t pronounce but one name I could read was James Connolly.

As I got older, I decided to find out more about these people, and what the Easter Rising was, which in turn has shaped my political beliefs throughout my lifetime.

Ireland has had a long history of British rule upon its shores, from the Tudor re-conquest, Cromwell’s campaign and the plantation period of the seventeenth century, the 1801 Act of Union, the starvation policy which resulted in An Gorta Mor, these events began the process of colonisation which could be argued were the catalyst for centuries of disaffection. Irish history is littered with acts of rebellion, from the United Irishmen of 1798, Robert Emmett’s insurgency in 1803, Daniel O’Connell and his mass movement for Catholic Emancipation which was a constitutional movement, the Fenian Dynamite Plot of 1900 all showed that the people of Ireland wouldn’t be crushed under Britain’s colonial heel. The conditions were ripe for further acts of rebellion and this culminated in a series of events that changed Ireland forever.

Easter Rising

One hundred and three years ago this Easter Monday an attempt at armed insurrection to eradicate British political, economical and military rule in Ireland occurred, organised by the military command of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, led by the Irish Citizens Army, Fianna Eireann, the Irish Volunteers and the women of Cumann na mBan. Their aim was to establish an independent Irish Republic to usurp British rule and have the people determine how their country should evolve and take it’s rightful place in the world as a small nation during a very tumultuous period in world history.

On the 24th of April 1916, volunteers from each group seized prominent and strategic buildings in Dublin and occupied areas they deemed vital to the success of the rebellion. A proclamation was read out and poster’s were pasted onto walls with the Declaration for an Irish Republic which included the signatories listed below who all actively engaged in the insurrection

Tomas J Clarke
Sean McDiarmid
Patrick H Pearse
Joseph Plunkett
Tomas McDonagh
Eamonn Ceannt
James Connolly

The participants of the Eastern Rising numbered in the IMHA are recorded as around 1600 whilst the British armed forces are recorded as being at just over 3000, nearly double what the volunteers could muster. A vastly superior trained force of British military might crushed the insurrection after five days of fighting. The leaders were executed and many others imprisoned. When you gauge what the British forces had at their disposal the outcome becomes a formality, but the efforts by those involved should never be forgotten, and won’t be by many in Ireland regardless of what British and Irish revisionists write.

Vladimir Lenin one of the main protagonists in the Russian Revolution three years after 1916 had the clarity to see the Rising for what it was in terms of the right of a small nation to determine it’s own fate, rather than be at the whim of a country driven by imperialism and colonialism.

So what did the Easter Rising achieve?
In my humble opinion, it was more than a bloody putsch as some claim. It gave the Irish people the resolve to try to achieve an independent state that followed after the War of Independence. It also gave Irishmen more thought on why they should be travelling to fight for the British on the fields of Flanders etc (which they did bravely) instead of fighting for their own countries right to flourish as was written in the Proclamation.

So when you’re at the game tomorrow and you hear the song Grace ringing out remember the courage of those who stood for what they believed in, this same attitude has carried me a long way in my journey through life and will do so for others who are steadfast and principled.

One last remark as we approach the anniversary of 1916, those who murdered the journalist Lyra McKee have nothing in common with the ideals of those who partook in the Easter Rising and would find their actions an abhorrence.


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Margaret McGill

Its a symbol of the freedom of everyone held under the yolk of corporate domination not just Ireland. McKee’s murder had nothing to do with Irish principle but the yolk of ignorance. Religious ignorance

Margaret McGill

So say we get a draw
9 pts w/12 to play for

Morning everyone, Happy Easter!

A good read Noel.


Easter morning used to be so frustrating. Searching all over the house for Easter Eggs. Finding them but couldn’t eat them! A 3 hour fast before Mass!

I made up for it after Mass.

Then rolling a hard boiled egg down the hill behind our house. Never really got into that. Couldn’t wait until I got back to the chocolate ones. I think I was a Christian in name only.

The Gombeen Man

Great post Noel. Happy Easter all.


In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.

Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.

We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades in arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.

We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God, Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline, and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.

Signed on behalf of the Provisional Government:

A thing of beauty

Great read Noel, thanks for that. As you rightly say the events in Northern Ireland this week are an abhorrence and it is hoped that everyone can see that.
On today’s game, I am not as confident as last week. We have been stodgy in the league and hibs are playing well. We need to have the right attitude from the start. Time to put this league to bed and set us up for clinching it next week. Over to you bhoys.

Noel Skytrot

the group Saoradh released a statement rabbiting a lot of shite about attacking Crown Forces and protecting the people of the Creggan against the oppressor etc
It was nothing more than some tracksuit wearing oaf committing the murder of a very bright young woman who was doing good for the people there. Sadly, they can’t see that as long as they engage in sectarianism and buy into the old divide and conquer tactics they’ll never be unfettered from their own personal yoke.

Noel Skytrot

Thanks for the kind comments guys, it could have been longer with a lot more depth but I would’ve written forever.

big packy

happy easter everyone, NOEL lovely piece of writing,we sometimes forget the struggles of our forefathers ,when I was a kid I had an lp record called a nation once again, with all the songs on it ,never off the turntable, but as yourself and mags have just said nothing to do with poor lyra mckee, may she rest in peace.

The Gombeen Man


Let’s hope that Lyra’s death isn’t in vain and that the politicians get their act together and ensure that The Good Friday Agreement is honoured.

If they don’t it will be a tragedy.

260 of the 480 people killed during The Rising were civilians. Some were murdered others caught in the crossfire.

Any decision to resort to violence inflicts pain & suffering. All sides lose.


It’s all about Easter Road today. Hibs have looked impressive recently and unlike Hearts their concentration is purely on the League.

This is a test of Lenny’s ability to take things forward.

Noel Skytrot

Thanks Big Packy
The Gombeen Man,
I omitted many, many stats and information from the piece as I would’ve had to write forever.

Regarding today’s game, I think it’ll be tough as Heckingbottom seems to have sorted Hibs out.
I’m going for a slender victory for the Bhoys. 2-1

big packy


The Gombeen Man

2-1 would suit me fine Noel. Our performances have been so up and down that it’s hard to predict the outcome.

Hopefully we’ll build on the confidence of last week and start quickly and take our chances.

Well done on the article. It was very well written and you should do more.

Till later & HH

Great post Noel.
I think if the truth outs about the killing of Lyra McKee, going by what the media are saying it won’t as it doesn’t suit their agenda, it has nothing to do with nationalism but everything about drugs.

Noel Skytrot

The Exiled Tim,
thank you


Noel Great stuff. I had the privilege of being in Dublin in Easter 2016 for the centenary commemorations of The Rising (along with a fine band of CQNrs including BMCUWP, his young Dad and Garry). It was an incredibly moving and joyous experience with some great memories. Happy Easter everyone Hh

bada bing1

Bain; Lustig, Ajer, Simunovic, Izaguirre; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Hayes, Forrest; Edouard
Subs: De Vries, Toljan, Benkovic, Sinclair, Rogic, Weah, Burke

A thing of beauty

Just seen the team. Hmmm, bit concerned about the left hand side. Izzy has looked well short when he has played apart from the first couple of games. Hayes was lauded last week for his performance but I though he was ok, nothing more. Two players who haven’t played much together if at all worries me. Ntcham is also a concern. Got all the tools to be a top player but you just can’t rely on him. I wasn’t confident before and now I’m positively panicking.

ATOB, Don’t worry. The Holy Father gave his Apostolic blessing to the city and the world a wee while ago. I’m sure he included Celtic in that even though he didn’t mention them by name.


A grand piece of writing,sir. Just the ticket for this bright Easter morn.

Off to watch the HOOOOOPS!!!!!


Great memories of a great occasion.

With a Flowing Tide of Guinness!


Excellent post Noel, I really enjoyed reading that. Some of my earliest memories of Easter would be a family gathering at my Aunt’s house. Coming from a Catholic family we were strong in numbers ( scores of aunts and uncles and about 100 cousins). The day would start out with an Easter egg hunt for us kids then after dinner when the adults were well oiled the guitars and banjos and tin whistles would come out. It was at these gatherings I fist heard the name of James Connolly and heard songs of the Easter rising. As a wee nipper you don’t understand what it was all about but it definitely planted a seed in my head. As I grew older I would read books on Irish history. The thing that I find incredibly brave of the rebels was that they knew that they had next to no chance of success and were still prepared to become mayrters for the cause. In the immediate aftermath of the rising the rebels were unpopular with the ordinary folk, some of who’s husband’s were away fighting for the brits in WW1. But the treatment of the leaders led to a change of opinion by the general public in favour of the rebels and was the catalyst for the war of independence. These men and women are hero’s of mine. Hail X2

The Gombeen Man

The Foggy Dew

As down the glen one Easter morn
To a city fair rode I
There armed lines of marching men
In squadrons passed me by
No fife did hum, no battle drum
Did sound its dred tattoo
But the Angelus bells o’er the Liffey’s swell
Rang out through the foggy dew
Right proudly high over Dublin town
They hung out the flag of war
‘Twas better to die ‘neath an Irish sky
Than at Suvla or Sud el Bar
And from the plains of Royal Meath
Strong men came hurrying through
While Brittania’s huns with theirlong-range guns
Sailed in through the foggy dew
‘Twas Brittania bade our wild geese go
That small nations might be free
But their lonely graves are by Suvla’s waves
On the shore of the gray North Sea
But had they died by Pearse’s side
Or fought with Cathal Brugha
Their names we would keep where the Fenians sleep
‘Neath the shroud of the foggy dew
But the bravest fell, and the requiem bell
Rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Eastertide
In the springing of the year
And the world did gaze in deep amaze
At those fearless men, but few
Who bore the fight that freedom’s light
Might shine through the foggy dew.

Cosy corner bhoy

Surprised with team selection! Let’s hope Bain doesn’t get injured as long time since Dorus played!!! Funnily enough pre duct text keeps changing him to Doris?

bada bing1

KT seeing a specialist re groin injury

A thing of beauty

Absolutely pathetic from Ntcham. It’s not like we thought he’d be any better. You can have all the data you want from the fitness department but the eye does not lie. He looks like a tug boat pulling an oil tanker. Disgraceful

Awe Naw

Easter flatulence so far. Ntcham seems to desire a career in Celtic reserves awful. Switch Mc Gregor and Forrest. Bring on Sinclair for Izzy put Hayes in for Izzy.

big packy

AWENAW/ A THING OF BEAUTY. I said only the other day on here regards ntcham, I think there is a player in there somewhere ,im not so sure now, thought Marciano had a great game.hh,

Awe Naw

Looking very flat and predictable. We seem to have lost the fresh incentive that the loan players were providing by not playing them. Stop McGregor and Forrest then stop Celtic. Ntcham, Sinclair, Rogic, Izzaguire offer very little these days. What did Henderson do wrong? Christie is a loss.
I think we need to freshen things up a bit as we are far too predictable. What about starting Weah and playing two up front. Playing Mc Gregor deeper.
With a win at Ibrox required it may be the game after. Good that Kilmarnock had a few suspensions yesterday as we look like we need all the help we can get.
Time to drop some big names from even the bench

big packy

ok tin hat on, much as I love mr brown, he does slow us down, give him a rest and put young Henderson in for the remaining games.hh.

BP, Funny enough I thought the best football we played this season was earlier this year when Broonie and Ntcham were not playing. We played quicker and more forward facing.


In our 7 league games with NFL as manager we have scored 7 and conceded 2 goals. The stats would suggest we have become a more cautious, predictable, shot shy team which is not far of the mark. Hh

big packy

JIM ,great minds think alike,.how was your easter sunday apart from the score,,good I hope.hh.

BP, Very quiet. Watched the game – that wasn’t much fun! Enjoying the snooker on the telly. I could have went down to the pub for some company but I’m a lazy sod getting. I usually get bored with my own company after about three or four days so I will head out about Tuesday. 🙂


A happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it. My three sons are spread around the world and are not religious but they are spiritual and humanists. However, all three acknowledge Easter and we are all closer for it.

I do not have my troubles to seek at the moment and I had hoped for some encouragement from the game today…..but no such luck. A short time ago, I cancelled my CelticTV for next season and today reinforced my decision.

Sure the game was enjoyable, especially in the first half. However, there are some worrying signs. Hibs used a high press to disrupt Celtic and it worked. A long ball to bypass the three or four Hibs forwards who pressed well into Celtic’s half, was the solution but nobody could play it. Ntcham was on the park too long…most moves broke down when he got the ball…he is a shadow of what he was. Surely, Neil must see that, or has he been asked to put him in the shop window. Whatever, he waited too long to use the subs, especially Weah.

CelticTV commentators need a reality check. Were they watching the same game as me? Forrest’s crosses were always to areas where there were no Celtic players. Forward play was very disjointed. Crosses, including corners, into the box rarely lead to a goal. This has been a problem all season with no improvement in sight. The evidence was there to see on how a goal could be had. Shoot from distance….Ntcham, Rogic and Edouard showed this but, no, we persist with attempts at tippy-tappy through the centre to walk the ball into the net. Honestly, this is the type of game we should be able to win.

— game management was poor,
— major changes are needed. Hayes and Lustig are not the future, but they are Neil’s buddies.
—- best Celtic performances Ajer, Jozo, Calmac, Bain(when needed), and perhaps Rogic.

The objective is to win the league as quickly as possible so why not play the best players, irrespective or whether they are loans or not?

I fear the downsizing of the wage bill and ambitions have already started.


big packy

just posted this on the other channel, ffs celtic pay top dollar in the spl compared to hibs hearts Aberdeen, and even the mob from govan,, so in my opinion, the the big name players are not earning their corn.hh.

The Gombeen Man


Great to read your thoughts.

When I saw the team before the game a feeling of dread. That’s the only way I can describe it.

Almost a numb like feeling as I looked at the team sheet. It just didn’t gel. There was no names on there that sparkled or stood out.

The last time I felt that sensation was during RD’s time with us. There’s a disconnect somewhere. We seem rudderless without confidence and direction.

Young Tierney was obviously a big miss. Hayes and Izzy just didn’t fill me with confidence before a ball was kicked. Ntcham has looked a shadow of last year’s player. The loanees are another story. Who signed them? There was some initial promise but it seems they are surplus to requirements.

What’s happened?

With Benokovich and Boyatta missing we are looking at a potential partnership at Centre Half, assuming injury doesn’t intervene.

Apart from that we look disjointed and have had three non scoring draws under Neil’s management.

Gordon’s post regarding goals scored reminded me of Fraser Forster’s clean sheet record during Neil’s previous term.

It looked impressive on paper but I can remember sitting in the stands watching guys who were more interested in what was happening on their mobile phones than the non-events on the park.

Maybe the absence of Sevco wasn’t the only reason for the covers over the seats at Celtic Park?

This seems pretty revolutionary but possibly the events on the park have some bearing on the engagement level in the stands?

I entirely get that there has to be some form of a sympathetic voice in the media to provide an alternative to the negatives that are projected on a daily basis by the newspapers and sports ‘journalists’ in Scotland.

There is a line however and it defeats the purpose if Celtic TV and Celtic friendly blogs simply provide a platform for bias and distortion.

That simply creates a feeling of unease where the tendency is to take everything that’s said with a pinch of salt.

On your point about spirituality ; many believe spirituality is more about subtraction than about addition.

On that basis we might be heading for a bit of a spiritual revival.

Have a great day and don’t be a stranger.



After the Ibrox debacle it was clear that the Brown Ntcham combo in midfield does not work yet both BR and NFL have repeated the same mistake with the same inevitable outcome.

A thing of beauty

Interesting to read the thoughts on the game today. I agree with most of what has been said and will add my tuppence worth. We are going through the motions. Too many players are just turning up. The pace of the game is way too slow. The wide men don’t take their man on and when they do their delivery is shit. Wee floaty balls rarely result in goals. Mind you they certainly won’t result in goals if your centre forward is somewhere around the 18 yard line. I’m no fan Ajer and Simunovic has his critics but in all honesty thank goodness they seem to have hit some form because if we concede a goal it’ll be curtains for us. We cannot score goals. We rely on moments of individualism to open teams up, if we don’t get that we’ve got nothing. I’m on record as saying Neil should not get the job but this is a problem that goes back further than his tenure. It does not detract from the fact that Neil has made it worse. 3 nil nil draws in 5 games I think. Jeezo, that hardly a push for the permanent position. Still it gives Peter Lawwell plenty of time to run the rule over other candidates. If anyone thinks Neil should get the job I’d like to hear from them and see their reasons. I love Neil Lennon, for all he did as a player and manager and all he has withstood during his time in Scotland but to appoint him is to go back 8 years, don’t do it peter. Just don’t.


TGM and Gordon and to all of my fans around the world,

The match? One of the indirect negatives of performances like today and against Livingston is that because we delay winning the league, we do not risk players like Henderson, Johnston etc. TGM …I shared your dread when I saw the team. It looked like something from another era, and not in a good way.

One thing that I noticed today in contrasting BR and NL was the lack of note taking by Neil. Maybe he has a better memory than Brendan but I think it is smart to note down issues that you want to go over with the players later. Seems more professional to me!

Christie’s drive was missed today but his return will not solve the imbalance that seems to exist amongst the forwards. Was it Deila that said when he arrived, “where are the wingers?” We have certainly made up for that now with Hayes, Forrest, Sinclair, Morgan, Shved, Johnston. Part of the problem is the types of strikers that we have. Neither Griff nor Eddy can hold the ball up, nor impress in the air. Hence crosses and corners and long balls up the park are all wasted. The loss of Dembele was much bigger than first thought.

Still time for Easter dinner with friends.



More horrible deaths in the world. Another goalless draw. It is threatening to rain. Doom and gloom, but happiness keeps breaking through!

A wee tune.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sih9OVokuQ Mott the Hoople Roll away the stone


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tX55HEX0hb0 Simple Minds Promised you a miracle


Good songs Gordon.

bada bing1

Really not getting not playing the loan players, play your best 11 to win any and every game.Hayes or Burke or Weah…?

Margaret McGill

draw against Hibs. Tellt ye.

Margaret McGill

Only Celtic and maybe Kilmarnock will take points off of the huns now. Watch.


If we need Killie to take points on the last day,we will be in bother. I’m not suggesting Killie won’t be trying,just that the MIBs will be trying harder.

Now to write a review of yesterday’s dross. I don’t think Mahe will let me away with a certain one-word description,but I’m sorely tempted!