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1916 Proclamation

The Proclamation is one of the most important documents of modern Irish history.

Drafted mainly by Padraig Pearse, it was printed under very difficult conditions in Liberty Hall on the night before the Rising began.

Shortly before mid-day on Easter Monday, Pearse, standing under the GPO portico, read out the Proclamation declaring Ireland a sovereign independent Republic. Copies were then pasted up on buildings around the city centre.