Sunday 4 December 2016

The real moral of 1916 is that Irishness is not a contest

The awkward truth about the 1916 Easter Rising is that most of us would have probably opposed it too

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 12/04/2015 | 02:30

PRIDE: Ryan Tubridy — in ‘awe’ of the men of 1916
PRIDE: Ryan Tubridy — in ‘awe’ of the men of 1916

Cognitive dissonance is the psychological stress caused by holding two contradictory beliefs at the same time, and Ireland is awash with it right now as the country approaches the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

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Not republicans. They've always been comfortable with men taking it upon themselves to blow things up, together with whoever happens to be nearby at the time. No cognitive dissonance for them. It's the rest of Ireland which is showing signs of conflicted thinking as the centenary approaches, not least Ryan Tubridy, who has been waxing lyrical about the "pride" he feels in the men of 1916.

"These guys were poets, they were artists, they were thinkers... They firmly believed in blood sacrifice and the love of their country. And I am in awe of them."

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