Easter 1916: then and now

The Rising left Dublin city centre in ruins – 100 years on, Irish Times photographer Alan Betson visits key sites

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A city destroyed: the view across Carlisle Bridge, later renamed after Daniel O'Connell, shows some of the destruction in the city
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The GPO: The rebel HQ was reduced to a shell in the Rising and reopened only in 1929. The Larkin statue was unveiled in 1980
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Townsend Street: The railway bridge still exists. Note the Countess Markievicz statue on the extreme left of the modern-day scene
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O’Connell Street: Ireland’s main street destroyed by the Rising – and disrupted by roadworks in 2016
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Pearse Street: Great Brunswick Street was renamed Pearse Street in 1920. Number 27 was the birthplace of Patrick and Willie Pearse
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Daniel O’Connell’s statue: The sculpture still bears several bullet holes from Easter 1916
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O’Connell Street: The Metropole Hotel – now the site of Eason’s and Penney’s – was destroyed during the Rising
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O’Connell Bridge: Carlisle Bridge became O’Connell Bridge in 1882. Sackville Street was officially renamed O’Connell Street in 1926
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Liberty Hall: The HQ of the Irish Citizen Army was destroyed by the gunboat the Helga in 1916. The modern building replaced it in the early 1960s
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City Hall: Commanding officer Sean Connolly, shot here on Easter Monday, was the first rebel casualty of the Rising
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Newspaper seller at GPO: TW Murphy took the 1916 photograph six days after the Rising. Alan Betson’s is from almost 100 years later
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O’Connell Street: The statue of John Gray, who brought a fresh water supply to Dublin, was largely unharmed by the Rising
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Mount Street: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge in Easter 1916 resulted in more than 200 British casualties
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Henry Street: In 1916, as now, this was street of shops. Fifty-three buildings were burned here during the Rising
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North Earl Street: Thirty-two buildings were burned here during the Rising, and many others looted
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Howth harbour: Erskine Childers delivered 900 Mauser rifles to the Irish Volunteers in July 1914. Many of the guns were used in 1916

Credits for 1916 photographs:

  1. PA
  2. Getty Images
  3. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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  5. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  6. T.W. Murphy courtesy of Willow Design & Publishing from "Dublin Six Days after the Insurrection"
  7. Thomas Johnson Westropp, Courtesy of Royal Irish Academy
  8. Thomas Johnson Westropp, Courtesy of Royal Irish Academy
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  11. T.W. Murphy courtesy of Willow Design & Publishing from "Dublin Six Days after the Insurrection"
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  13. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  14. T.W. Murphy courtesy of Willow Design & Publishing from "Dublin Six Days after the Insurrection"
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  16. National Museum of Ireland