The Irish Independent caught up with me while I was at the Yeats Summer School in Sligo to talk about the Easter Rising of 1916, what it meant to WB Yeats and what it meant to me, growing up in a small Irish village in the 1960s and 70s, in the shadow of the Irish civil war of 1922/23. Next Easter, I hope to be back in Wexford to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising. For me, if we don’t take this opportunity to talk about what followed on six years later we will have, in WB Yeats’s words, “disgraced ourselves again”. The shame…Continue reading
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