Remembering the Civil War May 27, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
I was at an excellent lecture on 1916 by Diarmaid Ferriter at my GAA club recently. He spoke for well over an hour hardly taking a breath. Part of what he covered was of course the Commemorations and how the general consensus was that the State Centenary celebrations had been a success….but even so there will always be issues with Commemorations an example given was the new wall at Glasnevin.
At the end there were questions , one in particular was intriguing (it was the day after Fianna Fail had ruled out coalition with Fine Gael, so the Civil War was topical). At the end of the The Decade of Centenaries how will we Remember and Commemorate The Civil War?
There was a group of Historians established in 2012 to advise the Government on the best way to mark the Decade of Centenaries. The Rising and War of Independence is the ‘easy’ part. It’s actually from The Treaty onwards that difficulties arise.
There are of course Civil War related monuments all over the country from Béal na mBláth to Ballyseedy. There will be local commemorations , as there always are. The Political Parties will have their own ceremonies (many of them are annual events already).
Will there be State ceremonies at all?