Sunday 19 November 2017

We must look to future, not 1916

I WOULd just like to add my support for Kevin Myers ('I don't believe you can separate the stupefying reverence for 1916 from the mess we're in now', Irish Independent, April 6).

I am happy to be living in an independent Irish state, free of British control, but I wish it had been achieved without a drop of blood being shed. The 1916 'rising' wasn't done in my name and neither was all the subsequent physical-force republicanism which claims legitimacy from it.

My home town of Ashbourne saw some "brave" rebels raid the local police station, shoot some Irishmen and take their guns. This was seen as a great success and the deaths justified because those Irishmen were policemen.

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