On Easter Monday, a century ago, a group of Irish nationalists rose up against the British government, seizing prominent buildings and clashing with British troops. The Easter Rising was violent, sudden and bloody. In five tumultuous days, the 1916 uprising (and military failure) left over 400 people dead, thousands imprisoned, and destroyed parts of Dublin—but the fight wasn’t over. Public opinion shifted after the bloody uprising, and executed leaders were seen as martyrs. In 1922, a treaty was signed to officially create what is now the Republic of Ireland.

In The Republic, a collection of images of modern-day Ireland, photographer Seamus Murphy captured moments showing the people of Ireland from 2014 to 2015, just before the centennial of the Easter Rising. On Monday, the 100th anniversary, Seamus Murphy joined Jim Braude, Margery Eagan, and WGBH News analyst Charles Sennott of The GroundTruth Project on Boston Public Radio. Sennott and Murphy stopped by to remember the rising and reflect on years of reporting together on the Irish Republican Army and in Iraq and Syria, where Murphy found the inspiration for The Republic. “It sort of hit me that I had been in these places so many times; other people’s countries, other people’s wars, other people’s stories, and I think it’s about time I went back,” Murphy said.

According to Sennott, the 100th anniversary is received with mixed emotions. “Historically, 1966 was the 50th anniversary, and that in some ways spurred on the IRA,” Sennott said. “Twenty-five years later on the 75th anniversary, in the middle of the peace process starting to come together, they backed off the memory and decided not to deal with it at all. This year it seems conflicted, it seems to have a landscape of memory to it.”

That landscape of memory, Sennott says, gives shape to what Ireland looks like today. “The rising, the rebellion, where they took over the post office and they took over other buildings, lives large in Irish history,” he said. “And the statement, the proclamation of the Republic, is an inspiring document that borrows a lot from the United States. It was failed, and crushed, yet it lived on in memory and ultimately spurs on the events that become the Republic.”

At the time, Irish soldiers were fighting for Britain in World War I, and not everybody was happy to hear about a rebellion. “They were not happy with the fact that families were dependent on those wages, and they saw it as a betrayal,” Murphy said. With Irish soldiers fighting for England, many Irish people considered the rebellion disloyal to their own troops. “It was divided, it was very divided,” Murphy said.

It wasn’t until the leaders of the uprising were executed that public opinion started to change. “When the British actually executed the leaders, I think people were disgusted by that,” Murphy said. “That was the beginning of the War of Independence, and it still very much plays into the politics of everyday Ireland.”

Charles Sennott is a News Analyst at WGBH, where he also runs the GroundTruth Project. Seamus Murphy is a cinematographer, journalist and the author of several books, including The Republic. To hear more from his interview, click on the audio link above.