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Sunday 22 January 2017

The only history lesson you'll ever need

*The Rubber Bandits Guide to 1916, RTE Two
* Celebrity Big Brother, E4
* Hyundai Commercial, Commercial Channels

Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30

Insight: Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, of The Rubberbandits, gave their version of the 1916 Rising in their own RTE show.
Insight: Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, of The Rubberbandits, gave their version of the 1916 Rising in their own RTE show.

I dunno if you noticed, but this year is the centenary of 1916, or as the late George Byrne used to refer to it, Ireland's 9/11. Yes, the coming 12 months are going to be a torturous slog for most of us.

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In fact, even the most enthusiastic supporter of the Rising will probably need a new liver by this time next year, as the approaching 12 months offer a seemingly endless litany of events, commemorations, recreations, walking tours and festivals which will do their best to combine two of Paddy's favourite things - misremembering the past and drinking in the name of Ireland.

For others, 1916 is a bit like the first love that you'd really rather forget. You know it happened, the scars are still there, but you'd really prefer if everyone could just move on.

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