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Captain Sean Coffey from Defence HQ reads the procamation during a Commemoration  marking the 98th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising at the GPO on O' Connell Street, Dublin

Captain Sean Coffey from Defence HQ reads the procamation during a Commemoration marking the 98th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising at the GPO on O' Connell Street, Dublin

Captain Sean Coffey from Defence HQ reads the procamation during a Commemoration marking the 98th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising at the GPO on O' Connell Street, Dublin

Almost 50 years ago, the State celebrated the Easter Rising with a dreary parade of military vehicles trundling down O'Connell Street and solemn speeches that sang the praises of the long dormant Official IRA. Two years later, the North was in flames and the Provisional IRA was back in business.

It's simplistic to suggest the 1966 celebrations were the only reason for the emergence of the Troubles. Unionist bigotry and stupidity certainly played a large role but it is naive to suggest that government decisions to glorify violence don't affect the zeitgeist.


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