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Captain Eoghan O'Sullivan reads the proclamation at the Easter 1916 Commeration Ceremony at the GPO,  Dublin in 2010

Captain Eoghan O'Sullivan reads the proclamation at the Easter 1916 Commeration Ceremony at the GPO, Dublin in 2010

Captain Eoghan O'Sullivan reads the proclamation at the Easter 1916 Commeration Ceremony at the GPO, Dublin in 2010

Probably the best way to judge our decade of centenaries is to ask how history itself will see our efforts. What will the view be ten or 20 years from now?

When we look back at what we did in 1966 for the 50th anniversary of 1916 we can see that we got plenty of parades; speeches by the hundred, often of a very self-congratulatory type; a few monuments; honorary degrees for the families of the signatories, with one family declining to accept the offer; and a glut of historical publications, some good, others less so.


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