Thursday 22 February 2018

Kevin Myers: Irish lives lost in WWII probably exceed the death toll for all domestic political violence in 20th century


This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, when we may choose to remember the Irish dead of the two world wars, or not. Whereas once Ireland shied in horror at any commemoration of these wars, they are now accepted as part of the Irish history of the 20th century.

So it stands to reason that the National Museum is part of the process of historical retrieval: for a museum's job is to revisit the past, independently of political context.

This Saturday, the Collins Barracks arm of the museum is hosting an open-day to enable people to discover their own connections with the Great War, and the hundreds of thousands of Irishmen and women who served in it.

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