Friday 16 November 2018

Muddying the waters on deaths

Time for honesty about our past

Sir -- It is exceedingly gratifying that Eoghan Harris, in his scathing attack on Pat Muldowney and the Aubane Society (November 11) over their concerted campaign of denigration against RTE's The Killings at Coolacrease, refers in commendatory terms to the director and producer of the documentary, Niamh Sammon.

Notwithstanding the fact that this season of Hidden History has been of an exceptionally high standard, The Killings at Coolacrease touched many people deeply, and proved that a combination of cinematic artistry, and scrupulous attention to forensic detail, unerringly produces a haunting and powerful documentary.

For this, Niamh Sammon, RTE, Richard English, Terrance Dooley, Eoghan Harris, and, especially, the Pearson family participants, should be congratulated. RTE should be encouraged to take further steps in breaking the fearful silence of the past, especially the story of the thousands of victims of violent nationalism from 1916 to 1923, so long cast into what seemed the eternal dark night of our history. Revisionists are often accused of fanning the flames of hatred by insisting that we unearth the unwelcome past; a past that raises serious questions about our bland acceptance of a glorious and virtuous fight for freedom by men and women of unquestioned patriotic honour.

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