Saturday February 22, 2020

The hopes and dreams of those who made Ireland

NON-FICTION: Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Irish Cultural and Political Writings, 1891-1922. Edited by Declan Kiberd and PJ Matthews. Abbey Theatre Press, €18.90

22nd July, 2015
Prisoners crossing Dublin city streets after the Easter Rising in 1916. PIcture: Getty

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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