In 1912, the Home Rule Bill was announced for Ireland. This would allow for a government to be elected in Ireland, giving more power to the people while still allowing Britain to rule Ireland. This was a promising move for the Irish people that wished to be free from the British rule.
However, it was not to be as when the First World War started on September 1914, the British postponed the bill from being enacted until a later date. This angered many Irish people who felt they had been betrayed further by the British. John Redmond leader of the Irish volunteers encouraged its members to join and support the British army in order to gain favour from the British. Over 170,000 members joined the British forces, however 10,000 stayed at home. It was these people that would see ‘England’s difficulty as Ireland’s opportunity’ and would later be part of the 1916 Rising.
After the Easter weekend, that would become a crucial turning point for Ireland’s relationship with Britain, 15 leaders of the rebellion were executed. These people became martyrs for the cause of Irish freedom. At the time of the Rising, the Irish people were unhappy with the rebels that had caused so much destruction in Dublin, however after the executions of the leaders by firing squad, the public opinion turned against the British.
One of the men that was executed was Séan Heuston, who had Heuston station named after him during the 50th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
Here is an article from the Irish Times giving a timeline of the events around the weekend of the Easter Rising 1916.
Link to 1916 google map tour – https://dublinrising.withgoogle.com/welcome/