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The 1916 Proclamation


IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: 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 last
three hundred years they have asserted it to 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

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 all of its parts, cherishing all of 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, 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, in humanity, 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.

Thomas J. Clarke,
Sean Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh,
P. H. Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt,
James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett
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kelcylane says:   5 December 2007   113218  
wut is this????????
American_Lycan says:   5 December 2007   224349  
its the irish declaration of independence you uncultured bigot
The_Fluffy_One says :   20 January 2008   188523  
Bigot? o_o
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