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RTÉ film people around the world reading out Proclamation

RTÉ tweeted a video of people around the world reading out the full text of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

The words were read out by Patrick Pearse after the Easter Rising rebels had seized control of the General Post Office in 1916.RTÉ film people around the world reading out Proclamation

Now, as a mark of the one hundred years anniversary of the Rising, RTÉ have produced the video of modern-day people reading out the Proclamation.

The words are poignant to hear today, as all seven signatories were executed following the rebellion.

However, as well as being tinged with sadness, the words are also inspirational. The Rising was the event that set the ball rolling for Irish independence. Although the rebels ultimately failed, and paid the price with their lives, they inspired more nationalists to fight for Ireland in the War of Independence and Civil War that followed. Eventually Ireland did achieve its status as an independent republic.

If you listen closely to the words of the Proclamation, you will see that the rebels held ideals that were somewhat ahead of their time regarding equality and tolerance.

The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irish woman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.

Take a look at the video for yourself.

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