Wednesday 18 October 2017

What would men who signed Proclamation in 1916 make of us?

Pearse and his fellow revolutionaries would surely have to accept that the old quarrel can never be the same again
Pearse and his fellow revolutionaries would surely have to accept that the old quarrel can never be the same again

Gerard O'Regan

Just supposing. Just supposing Patrick Pearse and the other signatories to the 1916 Proclamation were able to come back and visit us, what would they make of Ireland and its people 100 years on?

It's pure fantasy, but we can pretend that one of those Time Machine gadgets, beloved of so much science fiction, might make such a thing possible.

Perhaps the most important point to remember is that while the seven men who signed this epoch-making document were bonded by a set of shared ideals, when it came to background and temperament, they were very diverse personalities.

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