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June 27, 2011

DUBLIN, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

             Launch of Most Important Record of Most Significant Period of
                                   Irish History

               Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook Features Names of over 6,700
               Rebels, Soldiers, Casualties and Government Personnel

                Particular Relevance as Tricolour Flown During Rebellion
                                 Loaned to New York

Today sees the launch of one of the most comprehensive records of the
1916 Easter Rising released in a fully searchable structured index for the
first time. The Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook was published by the Irish
Times in 1917 and provides a fascinating insight into one of the most
important periods of Irish History. It is now live and ready to explore on

The 1916 Easter Rising, the most significant revolt since the 1798
Rebellion, began on Easter Monday April 24th 1916. It was mainly a
Dublin-based rebellion of Irish nationalists against British Rule in Ireland
and was born from the British Government’s delays in the enactment of the
Home Rule Bill, following the outbreak of World War I.

The 308 page handbook now available on findmypast.ie is made up of Irish
Times articles relevant to the Rising as well as official lists, featuring
the names of over 6,700 rebels, soldiers, prisoners, casualties and
government personnel, including photographs and maps, creating the most
detailed observation of the events of the 1916 Rising. The handbook is also
a great resource for those with British military ancestors, as the names and
details of British soldiers who fought against the rebels are also listed.

It seems particularly relevant that this momentous publication should be
launched soon after the loan of a tricolour flag flown during the rebellion
to New York. The flag is one of only two which flew above the GPO on
O’Connell Street, the rebel headquarters during the rising, and has been
loaned to the American Irish Historical Society, while the other is in the
National Museum of Ireland. The flag is set to be a focal point of the
society’s commemorations of the Centenary of the Rising in 2016 and seems a
fitting recognition of the 40 million people of Irish descent in the USA.

Cliona Weldon, General Manager at findmypast.ie, said: “The Sinn Fein
Rebellion Handbook is one of the most important documents of the time.
Having such a momentous piece of Irish history available to our customers
embodies our commitment to publishing family history records that are more
than simply names and dates.”

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        For further media information, please contact:

        Ross Weldon

        Carolynne Bull-Edwards

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