A Dark Night in Ballykissane, by Laurie Graham

Ballykissane Pier Memorial to the Drowned

Ireland’s centenary year of commemoration of the Easter Rising is already underway. It began, officially, with a re-enactment of the event widely regarded as the rallying moment for republicanism: the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in August 1915.  This past August, at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, the Irish President and the Taoiseach led a ceremony of wreath-laying and recitation of Padraig Pearse’s famous graveside oration. The fools, the fools, the fools! They have left us our Fenian dead and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace… 

‘Iconic’ has to be one of the most overused words of the 21stcentury but when it comes to Irish nationalism Rossa and Pearse are certainly considered worthy of it.

I have no political axe to grind. British rule in Ireland was unquestionably harsh and terrible acts were committed on both sides in the fight for Ireland’s independence, but as a blow-in, resident only five years in Ireland, I can’t help but take a long, cool view of the heroes and bogeymen and legends of the Easter Rising. Perhaps I can say what an Irishman wouldn’t: that the rebellion of 1916…

Source: A Dark Night in Ballykissane, by Laurie Graham

One thought on “A Dark Night in Ballykissane, by Laurie Graham

  1. With the arrest this week of soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday projecting the issue back into the news, it occurred to me how unlikely it is that the problems and issues in Ireland will ever be solved.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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