The argument against the Easter Rising since the late 1960s, with the growth of academic and popular revisionism, has been that it was entirely unnecessary, the product of a mad and hopeless few whose mysticised bloodlust called down death and destruction, against all reasonableness, on Ireland’s capital and its inhabitants.
Many years ago, I worked with a much older fellow journalist who described Pádraig Pearse – using the parlance of that time –...
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