Fearghal McGarry

Fearghal McGarry is a professor in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast.

The Price of Ireland’s Independence

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Last year saw the centenary of the Easter Rising, a quixotic rebellion led by poets and playwrights which sparked a revolutionary struggle against British rule in Ireland leading, eventually, to independence. The most striking feature of the centenary was its pluralism, with the commemoration of previously overlooked participants such as women rebels, and even members of the Crown Forces who suppressed the rebellion. The largest section of fatalities in 1916—the Dublin civilians unwittingly sacrificed in the cause of Irish freedom—were also prominently remembered, demonstrating a new  willingness to embrace the complexities of a much-mythologized event. The dissimilarity with the Rising’s 50th commemoration in…

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