TV Review: When words failed us

Reviewed this week: Taoiseach's Address (RTE One, TV3). The Frontline (RTE One). The Treaty (TG4). Black Mirror (Channel 4). Antiques Roadshow (BBC One).

11th December, 2011
TV Review: When words failed us
Eamonn Duggan, Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins pictured in London during the Treaty negotiations.

Reviewed: Taoiseach's Address (RTE One, TV3)

There were worse times than these in Ireland. You might have walked into a bunch of ethnic-cleansing gentlemen doing the first Queen Elizabeth's work during the Desmond rebellion, cutting Irish throats in between writing pretty verse. And then where would you be?

Edmund Spenser, himself a writer of pretty verse, described the state of Irish people at that time: "Out of every corner of the wood and glens they...

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