Saturday February 22, 2020

Honour 1916, but make our own Ireland for 2016

27th March, 2016

The enormous public interest in the commemorations of the 1916 Rising demonstrates that the events that founded the modern Irish state have a deep public resonance one hundred years later.

That this is a surprise to some people – and an unwelcome one in some quarters – shows how they misunderstand the deep well of public reverence for the men and women of 1916.

Despite changes in intellectual sentiment and fashion, the public has always appreciated the...

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