Saturday 10 December 2016

The revisionist view of the Rising does not stand up to scrutiny

Published 18/01/2016 | 02:30

Redmond: supported Britain's war Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Redmond: supported Britain's war Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Gerard O'Regan, in the Irish Independent (January 16), when reflecting on disentangling Roger Casement's multifaceted life, reminds us of the pros and cons of the Rising. His view is that the dogmatists on both sides of the debate have the least to offer. I suggest that his contribution places him among the dogmatists on the 'politically correct' side.

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He quotes Fr Francis Shaw's rejection of Pearse's belief that the Irish people needed a blood sacrifice but conveniently forgets to mention that the hero of the PC brigade, John Redmond, also stated in the prologue to Michael McDonaghs book 'The Irish at the Front': "No people can be said to have rightly proved their nationhood and their power to maintain it, until they have demonstrated their military prowess; and though Irish blood has reddened the earth of every continent, never until now have we as a people set a national army in the field."

Would Fr Shaw have needed Pearse or Connolly to personally canvas every adult in the country for their prior approval of a surprise rebellion?

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