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Brendan Keenan: History lessons can help us avoid hitting more EU icebergs

Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00

It's a year of anniversaries but 2012 may well be judged as the defining moment in our ties with Europe

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THE second year of the decade has some fairly strong echoes in Irish history. There is to be no escaping the fact that the Titanic sank 100 years ago -- though we probably have the movie to thank for that rather than the actual event.

On the other hand, it will probably be quite easy to miss the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the State. The country has never been quite comfortable with the circumstances of its birth. As was the case with the 50th anniversaries, 1916 is likely to see more elaborate centenary commemorations than 1922.

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