Nicholas was was a Gaelic scholar and one of the founders of the Celtic Club.
for him nothing remotely matched these Irish events in importance.
The 24th April 1916 is the actual date of the Easter Rising in Dublin.
it was a terrible beauty because of the fundamental transformation of the legend of Ireland and her people which it initiated and the transition to a new Ireland which it inaugurated – for Ireland was indeed to be ‘changed, changed utterly’.
the final end of the Irish nation was at hand, unless they acted dramatically to call back the nation’s soul from the very shadow of death.