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Pouring cold water on `combustible' history

Tom Collins
It's been some time since I read the “Proclamation of the Irish Republic to the People of Ireland”. When I was a boarder at St Colman's College in the 1970s, there was a copy on the wall on the way to the chapel. It was not required reading, but it killed the boredom on rainy Saturday afternoons. At one point I could recite chunks of it. Later, on a school trip to Dublin, we visited Glasnevin Cemetery and stood beside the graves of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders as awestruck as if we were at a sacred shrine. Earlier we had been to Kilmainham Gaol where they were shot – James Connolly so badly[...]
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