Friday 23 February 2018

Name row shows memory wars haven't gone away

MacSwiney's creation of the cult of death is no cause for celebration, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Naming these things, wrote the poet Patrick Kavanagh, is the love act and its pledge, a handsome locution indeed, though one that doesn't suit the increasingly ugly memory wars in modern Ireland.

There is not much love to be savoured in the current row in Cork city about renaming Cork airport in honour of the city's former Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney.

The local Sinn Fein organisation has shelved its prodigious plans for local drug dealers and dole frauds, and has turned its attention instead to more abstract matters of historical commemoration.

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