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Ireland’s war dead remembered at St Canice’s

A memorial ceremony for Irish soldiers who died fighting in World War I was held in Kilkenny at St Canice’s Cathedral on Armistice Day, last Friday, November 11.

For King and Country

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It’s very hard to describe a true Irishman, without acknowledging that we all share a complicated inheritance. At no time was that complication more powerfully amplified than in the crisis of identity leading up to and during War World I. On the one side is the unionist image of Irish Protestants loyally, and exclusively, rallying to the Union Jack, and sealing that union with their blood; while on the other side, the Catholic and nationalist men and women, the people of the 1916 Rising, who represent the ‘true’ Ireland, in sharp contrast to the misguided Irishmen slaughtered in France on the altar of British imperialism.

 

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