Sunday September 20, 2020

Neither King nor Kaiser

The 49,000 Irishmen killed in World War One have ended up as a footnote in the national narrative since independence – for understandable reasons, writes Tom McGurk.

3rd August, 2014
The achievement of Irish independence was a rejection of the Imperial tradition.

Exactly one hundred years ago next Tuesday night a small group of British cabinet ministers sat waiting in the growing dark in the cabinet room at No 10 Downing Street. Their ultimatum to Berlin, demanding that the invading Germans withdraw their troops from Belgium, was due to expire at midnight Berlin time – eleven o’clock in London. They were waiting in hope that a telegram from Berlin acceding to the request would arrive. They would...

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