Saturday 3 December 2016

Maybe we should let the past be a foreign country

Brendan O'Connor would rather look at where we are now and where we are going than celebrate events of 100 years ago that not everyone feels should be celebrated

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

Final journey: Irish Government handout photo of the removal ceremony for Thomas Kent at Cork Prison before his state funeral at St Nicholas Church, Castlelyons, Co. Cork
Final journey: Irish Government handout photo of the removal ceremony for Thomas Kent at Cork Prison before his state funeral at St Nicholas Church, Castlelyons, Co. Cork

I could be way off the mark here, but am I the only one who finds it a bit odd that we dug up a man who died 100 years ago and gave him a State Funeral on Friday that was carried live on the State television channel and was attended by all the top people in Government? We'd be laughing if we heard of it going on in Korea.

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And before you all hit the roof, can I say that I don't mean to be in any way disrespectful to Thomas Kent. Thomas Kent is not the problem here. It's the rest of us feeling the need to do this is the problem.

If nothing else, it's slightly ghoulish. But it's also more of this weird militarism that we've started embracing recently. All these odd re-enactions and recreations.

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