Easter Sunday, 23 April
MacNeill's countermand appeared that morning in the Sunday Independent. The Military Council met in Liberty Hall to consider the implications of the countermand. They decided to go ahead with the Rising, but postponed it until noon the following day, Easter Monday, to give them time to send couriers throughout the country to inform the Irish Volunteers that the Rising was indeed taking place. On Sunday the Proclamation was printed on the press in Liberty Hall which was there for the use of the ITGWU. As there was not enough type of the required size to set the entire document, the type-seeing and printing was done in two stages, which partly accounts for the different densities of ink on the upper and lower halves of the Proclamation.