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Tubridy hopes 1916 won't become just a 'tourism thing'

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has opened up about his concerns over the commemoration plans for the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and said he hopes it doesn't turn into a tourism event.

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The RTÉ star has said that the programme of events for next year should "ultimately" be a "thing of commemoration and historical resonance", and that the organisers should not try to please everybody.

The 41-year-old revealed he wants the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising to be "marked with pride and dignity".

"My worry is that they might be diluted by this modern day phenomenon of trying to keep everyone happy," the father-of-two said. "I think some people . . . you know, might just love the way the celebrations will go and I think that's fine, because it was a divisive time.

"At the same time, I don't want this 'wishy-washy' celebration, where everyone gets invited and everyone is hugging each other saying it is a great thing.

"It is a difficult thing, and it should be difficult, and it's a conversation to be had."

The 'Late Late Show' host said the historical celebrations "shouldn't be left to a committee of people who mightn't understand history and might see it as a tourism thing".

Both of Tubridy's grandfathers were Republican volunteers and were involved in the War of Independence and Civil War. His paternal grandfather Sean Tubridy was a Fianna Fáil TD, while his maternal grandfather Todd Andrews was a political activist.

"I am excited about (the 1916 centenary), as a passionate lover of history . . . I am a very patriotic person, I love my country," Tubridy said.

Irish Independent

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