How Ireland closed its eyes to war

How Ireland closed its eyes to war

That Neutral Island, by Clair Wilson, Faber, €16.

That Neutral Island, by Clair Wilson, Faber, €16.

War means different things to different people. Individuals are like nations, in that they try to turn all circumstances to their advantage.

In 1941 the widow of an American serviceman whose ship sank off Galway received a letter at her home in Indiana from Dara Connelly, an Aran Islander: ‘‘Dear Sir or Madam, I and some fishermen. . . found the body of a Robert Glenn Smith, Commercial...

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