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Was it for this? Rising heroes would be disappointed today, teens say

Almost half of all students do not think that the 1916 leaders would be happy with Ireland today.

IRISH TEENS HAVE mixed feelings about their national identity, according to a new survey.

Questions asked to more than 1,000 5th and 6th year secondary level students have found that 93% are proud of their nationality.

However, respondents were notably more lukewarm when it came to modern society, and how the leaders of the Rising would view it if they were alive today.

What was found?

Showing a broad support for the idea of the Rising, 73% believe that the violence carried out by the men and women at the time was justified.

rising graphic - 2 Source: Studyclix.ie

Only 14% said that they thought those involved were not justified, with 13% saying that they were unsure.

However, there was markedly less enthusiasm when it came to the type of country that Ireland has turned into over the ensuing 100-year period.

When asked if the dream of an equal republic and equal society envisioned by the men and women of the Rising had been realised today, less than half (47.2%) said that they thought it had.

rising graphic - 1 Source: Studyclix.ie

Compared to this, 39% said that they thought it hadn’t and 14% said that they were unsure.

Asked if the 1916 leaders would be proud of the way Ireland is run today, by a clear margin (45%) the students answered that they thought that the leaders would not be.

This was compared to 33% who thought the leaders would be proud and 22% who said they were unsure.

What else did it find? 

rising graphic - 3 Source: Studyclix.ie

The results of the survey also found that over half of those responding had been involved in Centenary celebrations at their schools, and that almost nine out of 10 thought Ireland was a good place to grow up.

The results come from a survey carried out by study website studyclix.ie, which asked 1,100 students from across the 26 counties. The website also produces an annual student sentiment survey.

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