Lead: In the annals of Irish history, the Rising of Easter 1916 has proven to be a watershed of independence.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Relations between England and Ireland have been stormy since 1171 when mercenaries and four years later the armies of King Henry II invaded the island. In the succeeding seven centuries England treated Ireland with varying degrees of abuse. Yet through it the Irish had maintained their dream of regained independence and despite various English programs such as colonization, confiscation of land, direct intervention, and various Home Rule schemes, the dream did not fade.

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