Friday 2 December 2016

Perfect storm as rainclouds, Brexit and Trump buffet 1916 commemorations

Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30

Attending ‘1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty’ at the University College of Galway were Prof Claire Connolly, UCC, with Prof Clair Wills, Princeton University. Photo: Frank McGrath
Attending ‘1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty’ at the University College of Galway were Prof Claire Connolly, UCC, with Prof Clair Wills, Princeton University. Photo: Frank McGrath

In 1916, the dark clouds gathering overhead culminated in the Rising - fast forward 100 years and it is the as-yet unknowable perils of Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency that are buffeting our island nation.

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And even the world of academia pronounces itself flummoxed as to the possible consequences of this perfect storm.

After the State commemorations, the cultural stand out pieces, the concerts and festivals, it was time to sit down and level-headedly discuss the first 100 years of the birth of the Irish nation - for better or worse.

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