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Ireland's greatest turning in graves

Published 26/10/2010 | 05:00

Do we Irish suffer from a collective amnesia in the 21st Century? In a recent RTE opinion poll, television viewers declared that John Hume is the greatest Irish person who ever lived.

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John Hume is certainly a great Irishman. But given the fact that he was competing against Michael Collins and Bono in the RTE opinion poll, I cannot shake the feeling that Daniel O'Connell, Edmund Burke, the Duke of Wellington, Robert Boyle, WB Yeats and a plethora of other Irish philosophers, writers, scientists and politicians must be turning in their graves.

Kevin James O'Mahony
San Jose, California

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