Friday 23 February 2018

Robert Fisk: They fight with us, then against us -- I blame God

Robert Fisk reflected on how religious intolerance stretches from Cromwell to the Taliban in his Hubert Butler lecture at this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival

To Saint Canice's then, in the ancient city of Kilkenny, its 9th Century round tower still watching for Viking invaders, home of the forgotten Gaelic Irish-Old English Confederation, its citizens spared by Cromwell.

And there, in the nave, are the tombs of John, Second Marquess of Ormonde, Margaret and Piers Butler and Richard Butler and Margaret Fitzgerald, righteous beneath their effigies. Larkin could have composed his verses here.

'Side by side, their faces blurred,

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