Tuesday 17 September 2019

Choc horror: 1916 bar is criticised by rebel's relative

The bar’s wrapper features images of the rebel leaders
The bar’s wrapper features images of the rebel leaders

Ciara Treacy

Fears that 1916 commemorations will become "overly commercialised" have been sparked by a chocolate bar.

The 1916 Easter Rising commemorative chocolate bar - dubbed the 'choclamation' - bears images of the seven executed rebel leaders and the proclamation on its wrapper. It is being sold in Heatons stores for €3.

James Connolly Heron, great-grandson of 1916 leader James Connolly, said the bar risked undermining the centenary commemoration. "There's so much more we can tell about the 1916 leaders than reducing them down to covering a chocolate bar," he told RTÉ's 'Liveline'.

He said it is important to educate younger generations about the Rising, but said the bar was "simply a commercial venture". "One would expect a certain amount of sensitivity particularly around those that were executed," he said.

Fianna Fáil Wexford councillor Malcolm Byrne, who initially raised concerns about the bar, said the centenary must not be "overly commercialised".

Heatons did not respond to a request for a comment.

Irish Independent

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