Thursday 22 March 2018

Kevin Myers: I don't believe you can separate the stupefying reverence for 1916 from the mess we're in now

Kevin Myers

There are many things that truly nauseate me about the celebrations for the Easter Rising

FIANNA Fail was quite right to celebrate the 1916 Rising with their usual enthusiasm. The insurgents created a wasteland in the centre of Dublin and destroyed hundreds of lives for no good reason, and the Government has done much the same today. Alas, this year there was no bishop at the GPO to contemplate with tearful pride the deaths of the 30 of so children who were killed in the Rising. And what japes to follow!

Myth is myth. One can do nothing about the power of the myth of 1916 to those who subscribe to it. In my own modest way, I too have a mythic existence in many people's deluded minds, as a supporter of the British Raj in Ireland.

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