Proclamation sits uncomfortably in modern Ireland

Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising in 1916 
HOORAY, it is 2016, which means that it is time for an outbreak of patriotism. So wrap the green flag around yourself and give us a few verses of A Nation Once Again. (Oh no, that one runs counter to the Good Friday Agreement. Sing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling instead. You may think it inappropriate, but following a protest march in Newry in the late 1960s, the crowd was led in a rendition of that very song outside the RUC station. I think it was at that point the British realised they had won.) Yes, this is the long-awaited centenary of the 1916 Rising. With two elections in the next fiv[...]

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