The Irish Buddhist who resisted empire in a faraway place

The forgotten Dubliner fanned the flames of freedom in Burma and stoked the ire of the British overlords before faking his own death, writes Ian Kilroy

Heroic figure: Dhammaloka, pictured here in 1902 aged about 50, fought the endemic sexual exploitation of Burmese women by colonial officials

Ian Kilroy

The story of Ireland has for long been the story of Catholics and Protestants. It's a deeply rooted binary in the Irish mind. But the truth has always been much more complex, not only in today's multi-religious and increasingly multiethnic society. Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox and Brian Bocking remind us of this in The Irish Buddhist.