Tag: Irish

Myths About History Can Lead to Future Errors

Myths About History Can Lead to Future Errors

An unrealistic understanding of the past can lead popular opinion and politicians into tragic errors. The historian Felix Larkin has recently published a collection of essays, entitled “Living With History,” which deals with the use and abuse of historical commemorations — and of...

Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion

Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion

Ireland was a laboratory for every manner of colonial repression by the British. A hundred years after the Easter Rebellion, it is once again—this time by banks. Standing on the front steps of Dublin’s general post office a century ago, the poet Padraig Pearse announced the Poblacht na...

Is Urbanization Good For Us?

Is Urbanization Good For Us?

Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton argues that Ireland has done exceptionally well to develop critical masses of skilled people. In global terms, the pull of ever bigger cities seems inexorable. In 1970, a third of the world’s population lived in cities, while more than half do so today....

Ireland: Remembering September 18, 1914

Ireland: Remembering September 18, 1914

The centenary of Ireland’s achievement of Home Rule deserves to be remembered. I greatly enjoyed reading Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution 1910-1922 by Ronan Fanning, a former professor of history at University College, Dublin.He demonstrates the huge difficulties that had to...

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