“The Wearing of the Green”

“The Wearing Of The Green” is an Irish street ballad lamenting the repression of supporters of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The song proclaims that “they are hanging men and women for the wearing of the green”.  http://youtu.be/WsoeoEFwnUI

 The revolutionary Society of United Irishmen adopted green as its colour, and supporters wore green-coloured garments, ribbons, or cockades.   Theobald Wolfe Tone was the leader of this society. 

 The Irish are always rebellious when it comes to having freedoms, especially freedom from ruling oppressors.  This brings me to Ireland today.  In 1916, the Rising represented the first major demonstration of force since the United Irishmen Rising of 1798. 

In total, The Rising cost 450 persons killed, 2,614 injured, and 9 missing, almost all in Dublin.  The only significant action elsewhere was at Ashbourne, 10 miles north of Dublin. Military casualties were 116 dead, 368 wounded and 9 missing, and the Irish and Dublin police forces had 16 killed and 29 wounded. A total of 254 civilians died; the high figures were largely because much of the fighting had occurred in or near densely populated areas. It is widely accepted that 64 rebels lost their lives.

This is a very minute description of the Irish to gain their freedom that they enjoy this day, but I bring this forth to enlighten.  This battle took place at the Government Post Office mostly and some buildings on Moore Street, where the headquarters were.   It was the last battleground.  When I did visit Ireland last summer, I had the express privilige of a personal tour by a descendant of one of the leaders and got a very real look at history.  I felt my Irish pride.

It is proposed now by the private owner of these buildings on Moore Street to knock down the historical site and build a shopping mall.  Because it is privately owned, this can happen. This action has been compared with tearing down the Alamo, in order to build a mall. 

In the festivites of St. Patrick's Day, as we enjoy all that is Irish, and enjoy all that is green, please remember those who gave their lives for the “wearing of the green”.  If you should so be inclined you can reach out  and help “Save Moore Street” . 

 Some of the popular songs that came from these “Risings”, : The Foggy Dew, Boys of Wexford, The Minstrel Boy, The Rising of the Moon, Wind That Shakes The Barley, Knockanure, Black & Tan, to name a few.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh




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About Mattie Dalton

In addition to writing for Marc Gunn’s Celtic Music Magazine, Mattie is a songwriter, and musician. Mattie is learning to play the Irish folk harp, "It has been proven in Neuroscience that music lights up every area of the brain therefore music enlightens us". Mattie

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