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Portrait of Ireland as a young nation

It is time to ditch the sentimental myths surrounding the Irish rebellion.

By Fergal Keane   May 2015

A modern view of the Easter Rising in 1916: Things Remembered, Things Forgotten (Metempsychosis), 2005, by Daniel Clarke

A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 by Diarmaid Ferriter (Profile, £30)

Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World, 1918-1923 by Maurice Walsh (Faber & Faber, £16.99)

Perhaps the greatest Irish myth is that we are a nation of rebels. It’s a comforting fiction whether you supported or opposed British imperialism. The rebellious Irish…

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