Saturday October 31, 2020

History: A Nation And Not aRabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923. By Diarmaid Ferriter. Profile Books, €37.80. Reviewed by Emmanuel Kehoe.

On June 18, our nearest neighbour will be celebrating its victory at the battle of Waterloo, 200 years ago. It was, as the British commander the Duke of Wellington said, “a damned near-run thing”.

22nd April, 2015
The ruins of the GPO on Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), Dublin, in April 1916. Picture: Getty

Those who appreciate the inevitable ironies of history will recall that Wellington’s bacon was saved by the arrival of his allies, the Prussians. A century later, it was the Prussians who were the monsters of Europe, not the French. The Battle of Waterloo was fought just over 15 kilometres south of Brussels, in what is now Belgium, the country whose invasion by the Germans in 1914 would draw an emotional response from men and women...

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