Easter Rising remembrance will help St. Patrick’s
— A special event is being planned for the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising rebellion at Minihane’s Irish Pub from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
To commemorate the movement, Minihane’s, located at 101 W. Main St., will host the Irish Jasper Greens and take a step back
in time 100 years to the era of 1916 with both music and drama. Tickets to the event are $10 and will benefit St. Patrick’s Chapel in Conowingo.
English rule over the island of Ireland dates back to the 12th century with England encouraging large-scale immigration of Protestants to Ireland in the 16th century. Subsequent rebellions by Irish Catholics were put down by the Anglo-Irish minority, which also extended their dominance over the Catholic majority. Thus the Irish population was reduced to a subsistence diet of potatoes, and in the 1840s when the potato famine struck, 1 million people starved to death while nearly 2 million fled starvation and Ireland altogether.
A movement for home rule gained momentum in the late 19th century and in 1916 Irish nationalists in Dublin launched the Easter Rising rebellion against British rule. Around noon on Easter, some 1,600 Irish nationalist members of the Irish Volunteers in Dublin seized a number of official buildings. While the rebellion was crushed, widespread agitation for independence continued.
The Irish Jasper Greens will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Minihane’s Irish Pub in Elkton.