Sunday 4 December 2016

Pity those poor children -- all victims of our Rising 'heroes'

Published 29/01/2008 | 00:00

One of the more common criticisms I've received over the years is my loathing of the 1916 Rising. And I accept, to a degree, that in imposing modern judgments on affairs that occurred decades ago, one can fail to allow for the contemporary mores.

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But let us accept that in all civilisations, the protection of children against violence is a cultural imperative.

The census of 1911 reveals half-a-dozen different boys living relatively close to one another on the northside of Dublin. In the Phoenix Park Magazine residence there was Gerald Playfair.

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