‘Cold’ charity thrown back in their faces

A PLAQUE commemorating “the unparalleled benevolence of the English nation to the poor of Ireland” has caused outrage in the Sinn Féin party in Nenagh, Co Tipperary (Irish Examiner, October 28).

This makes me wonder if, a century from now, African patriots will be reviling plaques that commemorate Live Aid and Bob Geldof.

Irish outrage over charity has a long and eloquent history, eg, a satire on souperism just jumps off the page in Benedict Kiely’s biography of William Carleton.

More recently, the movie Angela’s Ashes shows the charity that helps the family as cold and unfeeling.

One is reminded of the old phrase, ‘a wind as cold as charity’.

Dominic O’Neill

368 Lr Kimmage Road

Dublin 6W

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