Indelible passions

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April 24, 2011
by Alexander Cockburn  
Posted in Commentary

"Back in Ireland when I grew up, Easter was a very serious affair. In my home town of Youghal many shops closed for the entire week, as you might expect in a country at that time vying with Poland, Spain and the Philippines as the most intensely Catholic country on the planet. Throw into the mix the Easter Rising of 1916 and you had a very heavy anniversary, albeit a pretty buoyant one, with the churches decked out with spring flowers, and the risen Christ flanked in popular memory by the Easter Rising’s martyrs. The seven who had signed the proclamation of an Irish Republic were all executed along with eight others." (04/24/11)  

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