Archive for April 12th, 2006

More Rising To Risorgimento

In keeping with my own invented tradition of being out of the country when national celebrations are taking place (See Love Ulster, St. Patrick’s Day) I will be in Spain when the main Easter Rising commemoration takes place. It is the 90th anniversary apparently, and I can’t help but think that the decimo-centric nature of the celebration is missing a trick. Why not have a key celebration every 16 years? That’d bamboozle the curs. I have no recollection of the last key celebration, but I do remember a rather stout individual in a 75th Anniversary celebration T-shirt a couple of years after the event threatening to slap the lugs off me if I didn’t stand up for the national anthem being played at the end of the disco.

I am inclined to think that the memorialisation of the Easter Rising is basically an opportunity for sanctimony from unreconstructed nationalists and their satanic twins. I happen to think that it is a good thing that most of Ireland gained independence from Britain, and as far as 1916 goes I don’t care for parlour game counterfactuals – not because I think that the Rising was justified (I don’t -and perhaps can’t- know), but because these things are intended to alter the way one views the present, rather than develop a deeper understanding of the past.

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April 2006