The Irish Rising is a blog to not only consider the event that took place in 1916, but also the Irish rising from the ashes of time to where they are now. It is all things Irish.
I absolutely adhere to William Karr's belief that Bruton failed to consider the approximately 800 years of British domination in Ireland before the 1916 Rising. 5,000 British troops remain in the 6 Counties today making it legal for the Republican Armies to resist them, and there is still no intent to withdraw by the Brit invaders.Ronnie Austin
More tendentious and bigoted rubbish from this pompous and self-regarding fool.By any conservative estimate, at least 4 million Irish people died during the English conquest of Ireland, by war, famine and pestilence.Was it Britain that reduced almost our entire nation to a condition of beggary - to the status of serfs in our own land - or did we imagine it?Was it Britain that justified this brutal and outrageous tyranny by assuring themselves that, being no better than animals, we deserved no better treatment - or did we imagine that too?Was it Britain that, since independence, has (until very recently) sneered at us at home and, belittled us abroad? Did we imagine all this, Mr Bruton?Whose was the violence, Mr Bruton? Whose the tyranny and whose the oppression? Whose the contempt and whose the injustice?It's a great relief entirely that this shameful story can now be re-labelled as "Our Shared History", a piece of euphemistic nonsense that is, no doubt, appealing to Mr Bruton and to those who share his view of 1916, Mr Kevin Myers among them.If he wanted to find a reason for damage to the Irish psyche, Mr Bruton might look no farther than the social, economic, cultural, demographic and linguistic evisceration of our people."Mother Ireland, ye're still rearing 'em.."