Drake a war criminal

IN your coverage of the damage to the Francis Drake monument in Carrigaline (Irish Examiner, July 11), you neglected to mention details of his activities in Ireland.

It seems forgotten that in 1575, Francis Drake, along with John Norris, participated in a bloody massacre on Rathlin Island.

This massacre mainly of women, children and the elderly seeking refuge on Rathlin was the Srebrenica of its day in Ireland.

This deliberate targeting of the helpless still stands as one of the most terrible massacres in Irish history, and today would be deemed a war crime.

Commemoration of historical figures should be done in an objective manner.

Proinsias Mac Fhearghusa

Athlumney

Navan

Co Meath.

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