Friday 2 December 2016

Letters: Rising not just to blame for damage to Irish psyche

Published 04/07/2014 | 02:30

Former Taoiseach John Bruton
Former Taoiseach John Bruton

John Bruton states that "damage has been done to the Irish psyche" by the violence of the 1916 Rising. That may be true but some points should be made to place it in context.

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Firstly, much more damage had been done to the psyche of the Irish people by being colonised, subjugated and denied freedom for centuries, by a quarter of the population disappearing in the space of five years during the Famine of the 1840s, and by English becoming the main language in Ireland.

All of these traumatic events caused much more damage than a week of violence in Dublin.

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