Some awkward questions on the Easter Proclamation

Ruth-Dudley-EdwardsRuth Dudley Edwards – – 18 Oct 2015

Let the ‘children of the nation’ ask the adults why it was okay for a tiny and unelected minority to use arms then but not now, says Ruth Dudley Edwards.

All Ireland seems to be hosting history fight clubs these days. Within just the last three weeks, I’ve been on panels discussing with lively audiences the Great Famine in Newry, the Proclamation in Portlaoise and Patrick Pearse (“proto-fascist eccentric or visionary?”) in Tallaght.

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Ruth Dudley Edwards’s The Seven: the Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic will be published in March.

1916 deaths can’t be justified by politicians

2517376937Letter by Robin Bury to the Irish Examiner – 22 Sep 2015

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sulllivan, and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, recently launched the programme to commemorate 1916 by presenting children in St Patrick’s NS in Castlebar, with the tricolour flag and a copy of the Proclamation.

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The policeman whose death led to the court-martial and execution of Thomas Kent

In a graveyard just 10km from where Thomas Kent will be buried on Friday lie the remains of the policeman whose death led to his court-martial and execution.

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> Further commentary by Robin Bury

Met Office and Met Éireann operate to maintain public safety

StormDarwinAs the UK and Ireland’s National Met Services, the Met Office and Met Éireann operate to maintain public safety through severe weather warnings and forecasts. Working together, it is hoped that naming storms will help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

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Image courtesy of Met Éireann / EUMETSAT

In service to their country: Moving tales of Irishmen who fought in WWII

The stories of Irishmen who served in WWII are deeply moving says Geoffrey Roberts.

The amazing story of Dr Aidan MacCarthy, the West Cork medic who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in August 1945, has once again captured the imagination.

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Image: Irish Examiner

David Quinn on why Ireland should not have been neutral in the Second World War

2517376937David Quinn – Irish Independent – 21 August 2015

However it is worth mentioning that the southern ports of Cobh and Castletownbere were probably rendered obsolete after Germany gained control of the Channel and beyond using the naval port of Brest. UK shipping then was routed around Northern Ireland across the Atlantic. (Robin Bury)

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Ballads and mythology feed the delusion that we won in 1916

kevin-myers-mainBy Kevin Myers, Sunday Times – 26 July 2015

The Irish Rising of 1916 would almost certainly have failed, like the many previous rebellions in Irish history, had not the British authorities, already knee-deep in the quagmire of the Great War, made the grave miscalculation of executing 16 of the rebel leaders . . .”

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British prosperity will drive our recovery

GeorgeOsborne26 July 2015 by David McWilliams in the Sunday Business Post

I am on Shaftesbury Avenue in London, quite shocked. I have just put my card into an ATM to get £200 and realise that it has cost me nearly €300. I was aware that the British currency was rocketing, but this exchange rate difference is extraordinary and is brilliant news for Irish exporters.

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Image: George Osborne, 8 July 2015. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg


Magna Carta exhibition opens at Christ Church in Dublin

MagnaCartaStampPatsy McGarry – Irish Times, 4 Jun 2015

An exhibition containing a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta was opened in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday evening by the British ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott.

One of the most important legal documents in history, the Magna Carta established the principle that everyone, including a monarch, is subject to the law and guaranteed all subjects the right to a free trial.

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> Magna Carta continues to underpin our values of justice

Image: Commemorative stamp, Royal Mail/PA Wire.


Magna Carta continues to underpin our values of justice 800 years later

King-John-Magna-CartaPatrick Comerford – 3 May 2015

In the months to come, I can imagine history falling prey to people who want to claim that our democracy, justice and liberties owe everything to the “Men of 1916”. But next month marks a far more significant anniversary when it comes to understanding the political freedoms and the system of justice we enjoy today.

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> Magna Carta at Christ Church Cathedral

> Magna Carta Exhibition opens at Christ Church Dublin

Image: King John signing Magna Carta, an illustration from 1864 by James William Edmund Doyle.