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Malachi O'Doherty

Why many Troubles’ myths crumble under scrutiny… both Army and IRA sought to control narrative

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Joe McCann

Joe McCann

Joe McCann

I love the little anomalies in Irish history. Leonard Cohen sang that “there is a crack in everything” and “that’s where the light gets in”. Well, there are big cracks in the standard myths that sustain communal ideologies here.

When I was 15, I was taken by the enthusiasm around the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising and learned some rebel songs, the most famous being the Ballad of Kevin Barry.


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