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Patriot games have always been a cover for Irish bigotry and murder


One evening in the Seventies I was coming down along O'Connell Street and I stopped at a meeting outside the GPO. Ruairi O'Bradaigh was preaching his usual version of history to a fair-sized audience. I had nothing to learn.

As I was about to depart, Ruairi paused dramatically and the news from Radio Eireann came on and told that a soldier had been killed in Belfast. A horrible cry went up. As it subsided, it was mixed with obscenities about the dead soldier. It was one of the worst moments of my life. I was sick in my heart and hastened to The Oval Bar lest I be sick physically.

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