Opinion

Monday 20 November 2017

The future belongs to our young, but they may find a light to it in embers of 1916

Irish Defence forces personnel at the long-awaited commemorations for the centenary of the Rising at Collins Barracks in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Irish Defence forces personnel at the long-awaited commemorations for the centenary of the Rising at Collins Barracks in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches the long-awaited commemorations for the centenary of the Rising at Collins Barracks in Dublin with formal state events boosted by international celebrations (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
James Downey

James Downey

For a while there, some people had begun to worry about the commemoration of the Easter Rising next year. They included Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, one of the people involved in the planning. When somebody like Ferriter has doubts, we have to take him seriously.

This week our fears have been set to rest. The draft schedule for the events seems to have everything just about right. That is important for two reasons. First, the Rising must be commemorated with dignity. Disputes about the condition of Moore Street or the place accorded to the descendants of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation provide room for futile controversies and self-indulgence.

It is therefore particularly pleasing that the Moore Street question has been settled. The location of the Easter Week surrender will become a museum. With this as a focal point, we can hope that the Dublin City Council will set about the revitalisation of the whole area.

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