Many city centre buildings didn’t survive the 1916 battleground. Damage to property went into millions of pounds and a commission was established to recompense those who suffered.
Today, the locations that survived provide a fascinating insight and tell a story of what Dublin was like 100 years ago. What were scenes of revolution during the Rising, are now taken over by office space and shopping centres, in some instances.
ESB has head offices at Clanwilliam House, scene of one of the insurrection’s most bloody battles.
Kilmainham Gaol — where the leaders were executed — is a thriving nationalist museum run by the Office of Public Works, and one of Dublin’s busiest tourist attractions.
Other buildings are derelict, or are at the centre of planning and development debates.
As of summer 2011, relatives of the Easter Rising leaders were in discussions with the Government about plans to erect a bronze sculpture of the Proclamation in Moore Street.
The ongoing campaign aims to preserve the area’s links to the Easter Rising and prevent commercial development.
“Our plan is not just for a museum – the entire area needs regeneration. This plan is supported by all of the 1916 families. They have never come together before this,” said campaign spokesman Patrick Cooney, great grandson of Thomas Clarke.
The document HQ16: A Citizens’ Plan for Dublin proposes a 1916 monument within a market area. Members of the Connolly, Ceannt, Plunkett, Daly, Clarke and MacDonagh have asked Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan to adopt this as the city’s official Rising centenary project.
Deenihan is chairman of the Oireachtas 1916 Centenary Committee.