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Integrity of remembrance — 2 Comments

  1. We view that period of Ireland’s back story through lenses filtered with the propaganda of innumeral factions, groups and agendas.
    Of late I’ve been reading the files released by the army and only one member of the IRA made mention of why people from cottages entered the army. It is impossible nowadays to explain the position the Workhouse stood in sections of Irish society. If you had an estate worker in his 30s with a young family in a cottage and he died from an accident. The family entered the Workhouse and were lost for all practical purposes. The same could be said for a craftsman. And by lost I mean in the way kids were treated in Letterfrack and the laundries.
    Yes, there was vast changes in Ireland pre-WW1 and there was a cohort of internationally wealthy people about. True, the civil service were paid very well. But the lower sections were as insecure as they ever were, and perhaps more so.
    Further, a loose examination of the economy then -pre WW!- and now shows very frightening similarities.

  2. I chanced upon this almost forty years ago,in the bowels of the libraries of Trinity. In December1917, AE wrote a letter to the Irish Times, calling for inclusivity when the Grea War would end. He finished the letter with his revised version of the poem, ‘Salutation.’ Sadly, the inclusive spirit which he invoked was absent in the subsequent years. I have always had great difficulty in finding this updated version of the poem on any search engines

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