Saturday 18 November 2017

How will history see Easter 2016?

'The sacrifice of Gerry Adams was far from heroic' Photo: AFP/Getty
'The sacrifice of Gerry Adams was far from heroic' Photo: AFP/Getty


As this newspaper publishes this weekend - and over the following two weeks - extracts of the newspapers which informed a nation struggling to be born 100 years ago, it is tempting to ruminate on what our grandchildren's grandchildren will make of current events a century hence, surrounding what we might romantically refer to as the rebirth of the nation.

To inform that view, historians yet to be born may also look back to 1916 as we now look back on the rebellion of 1798 and eulogise the father of Irish republicanism, Wolfe Tone, and in doing so these historians may revise again, as is their entitlement, the heroism, myths and bloody sacrifice that led to the foundation of the State.

In our ruminations today, we may also ask how our grandchildren's grandchildren will view Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin as they come to deliberate upon the moment in history that has been thrust upon them and, as time passes, Gerry Adams too.

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