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.
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.