We found this on-line just recently and though it was a good stop-motion animation done by a 3rd grade class. Not bad for 3rd graders.
The video was made by pupils of Sunday’s Well BNS and their teacher Michael O’Connor. Mr O’Connor explained, “Without having to teach the boys anything about the Easter Rising, just making the movie opens up their curiosity. It’s special because it’s something they have created that’s there forever. It took a month to make this and it is less than 4 mins”.
Here’s the real history brief:
The Easter Rising was virtually confined to Dublin. The British capture of a shipment of German arms on 21st April 1916 greatly reduced its scale outside the capital. Moreover, confusion was caused by a rash of conflicting orders sent out to the Irish Volunteers – the main strike force – from their headquarters and the decision taken by the rebel leaders to postpone their action arranged for Easter Sunday 23rd April, until the next day.
At about 11.00 am on Easter Monday the Volunteers, along with the Irish Citizen Army, assembled at various prearranged meeting points in Dublin, and before noon set out to occupy a number of imposing buildings in the inner city area. These had been selected to command the main routes into the capital, and also because of their strategic position in relation to the major military barracks.
The British military onslaught, which the rebels had anticipated, did not at first materialize. When the Rising began the authorities had just 400 troops to confront roughly 1,000 insurgents. Their immediate priorities were therefore to amass reinforcements, gather information on volunteer strength and locations and protect strategic positions, including the seat of government, Dublin Castle, which had initially been virtually undefended.
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