Saturday 24 February 2018

Frank Coughlan: A first draft of history on the tragedy that has come to define us

HISTORY, as Winston Churchill wryly observed, is written by the victors and what is initially recorded and subsequently massaged into history is seldom the full story.

The Great Famine sits uneasily in the story of our past. We may not have brushed it under the carpet, but we have swept it into a dark corner of our collective memory.

It would be a well brave historian who could definitively surmise why this is, but it could be argued that it’s because the famine doesn’t fit easily or neatly into the accepted narrative of 19th century nationalism and because it was just too painful anyway.

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