Tuesday 23 January 2018

Eddie Hobbs: Don't expect a great Celtic comeback any time soon

The image of the plucky Irish fighting their way out of crisis is a myth, and the truth is we are a captive people, writes Eddie Hobbs

ON December 13, 1862, they came through the morning fog, wave after wave, some of the finest fighting troops in the Union army. After earning distinctions at Seven Pines, Malvern Hill and Antietam, the Irish Brigade was asked to carry the green flag where others could not go, to secure Marye's Heights over the Virginian town of Fredericksburg.

Though glorified by the London Times, it was a hopeless charge that never should have been asked of any soldiers. The myth of the "fighting Irish" was sealed. But the reality was that the Irish were destroyed, suffering over 80 per cent casualties on a field that had grown crops to relieve the Irish famine.

The myth of Irish pluck continues today, even amid the financial crisis. Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently graced the cover of Time magazine.

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