Long lament an Irish tradition
Sir -- P Agnew (Sunday Independent, Letters, October 17) asks "How much does it take for the people of this country to revolt and do something?
" Perhaps the answer is that, if a famine that cost the lives of a million Irish people led not to revolt but to the emigration of another million, there is nothing that can make the people of this country revolt. The reality is that almost all of the risings/rebellions in our history (including 1916) have involved small numbers of people.
He also asks "what defines an Irish tradition? Martyrdom? Long, pointless laments?" The answer to that is clearly a resounding "Yes!"
John Stafford, Knocklyon, Dublin 16