Thursday 21 November 2019

Sinking feeling

• Kevin Myers is at it again. He says that Asgard (not 'the Asgard', as Mr Myers puts it) was "berthed outside Collins Museum (sic) on Wednesday".

He later states that on Wednesday, "it sailed up the Liffey to take pride of place on the quays".

Sorry, Mr Myers, but Asgard has not sailed (or even been towed) up the Liffey for at least 30 years.

It was not berthed on the quays last Wednesday nor anywhere else for decades. For the last few years, it has been at the National Museum in Collins Barracks being conserved and restored. So much for the facts.

Nowhere in this article does Kevin Myers acknowledge the efforts of brave Irish men and women of the 1916-1921 period to break the bonds of colonialism. In fact, he never ever mentions the word 'colonialism'. Neither does Eoghan Harris and never did Peter Hart, whom I knew at Trinity College. He dismisses the idea that Ireland was "oppressed". What a ridiculous idea!

We were delighted at having a foreign army occupy us, a foreign king rule us, a foreign parliament legislate for us, foreign landlords evict us, having to starve in our tens of thousands, emigrate in our hundreds of thousands and see our people reduced to beggars, all within two generations of Asgard and 1914.

Mr Myers denigrates precisely what all other countries are proud of -- their struggles for national independence.

And the more he denigrates Ireland, the more he wallows in it and is consumed by it. Blinded by this, he is unable or unwilling to see what historians have always recognised in the 1916-1921 period -- a struggle against colonialism.

Blaming Pearse and Connolly for the sick Provos is like blaming Jesus for the pervert priests who have destroyed countless young lives.

I categorically deny that the sick, sectarian Provos were in any way the "true heirs to the spirit of the (sic) Asgard", as Mr Myers glibly puts it.

I was privileged last Wednesday to be present at the presentation of Asgard at the National Library, and to be able to touch its original timbers.

I was, however, disappointed not to hear the names of John Devoy and Clan na Gael mentioned by any of the speakers.

Clan na Gael provided the money used to purchase the weapons.

Frank MacGabhann
Shenick Road
Skerries, Co Dublin

Irish Independent

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