Centenary will breathe life into old Rising myths
Commemoration of 1916 tends to ignore the complexity of Irish history
THE year 2016 has come early. Barely has the 'decade of commemoration' begun to focus on the events of 1914 when Easter 1916 is suddenly in the frame.
Prompted by the possibility of a royal presence at the centenary commemorations of the Rising, the guardians of the shrine of orthodoxy have sprung into defensive action.
The old Maoist Chinese leadership used to warn against "reversing correct verdicts". Professor Diarmaid Ferriter recently warned that the presence of royals at the sacred rites might "give succour to those who believed the Rising was unnecessary".