Tuesday 12 December 2017

From O'Connell to Pearse and beyond, our Anglophile instincts remain intact

All of our past political titans have been indelibly marked by our nearest neighbour, says John Paul McCarthy

'The world is large," President Kennedy told Dail Eireann in 1963, "when its weary leagues two loving hearts divide, but the world is small when your enemy is loose on the other side."

He was, of course, referring to the tensions that were an inseparable part of that far off world of Checkpoint Charlie, DefCon 1 and Uncle Ho, but he might also have been referring to the Anglo-Irish relationship.

Paddy Harte's recent eloquent letter in this newspaper looked forward with confidence to the imminent arrival of Queen Elizabeth, and he reminded us that though we lurched out of the Commonwealth in 1949, we never quite extinguished our Anglophile instincts.

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