Unpalatable truths can’t be waved away

Tom Barry at the Kilmichael Commemorations in 1970. Kilmichael was the stuff of song and story with a perfect hero and communicator in Barry to propagate the legend.

The past is upon us again. On Monday, the second phase of centenary commemorations begins.

The first phase, those events commemorating 1916, went off without incident and was largely applauded for the manner in which it was handled.

The coming phase will be trickier. Glorious defeat in Easter week and stupidly brutal executions by the British is handy enough to commemorate. Events from 1919-23 present a few different challenges.

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