Upcoming Events

National | History and Heritage

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link George Bush Condemns Invasion of Iraq Sat May 21, 2022 20:03 | Michael Curzon

offsite link 15 Soldiers Died Every Day Last Week Fro... Sat May 21, 2022 04:15 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Battle of Mariupol Formally Ends After 8... Fri May 20, 2022 23:33 | Anti-Empire

offsite link German Chancellor Who Bombed Yugoslavia ... Fri May 20, 2022 18:58 | Michael Nienaber

offsite link US Aims to Arm Ukraine With Anti-Ship Mi... Fri May 20, 2022 05:52 | Mike Stone

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Azov surrenders. Who will be the sacred martyr now? Sun May 22, 2022 10:51 | amarynth
By Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog On the night of May 17, after brief negotiations, Ukrainian army units, blocked by Russian troops at Azovstal in Mariupol, began to surrender.

offsite link Germans ´schwedt´ hard for Russian oil Sun May 22, 2022 10:27 | amarynth
´Krautensuiciden´: by Jorge Vilches for the Saker Blog Germans will soon passionately conjugate a very strange new verb amongst themselves, the infinitive form of which is ? to schwedt ?.

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2022/05/21 ? Open Thread Sun May 22, 2022 00:30 | herb
2022/05/21 23:30:07Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link WHY Sanctions have FAILED against RUSSIA ? Inside Russia Report Sat May 21, 2022 15:21 | amarynth
A lovely conversation detailing how the ordinary Russian adapted to sanctions.

offsite link More Gonzalo Lira: No More Lies, No More BS Sat May 21, 2022 12:27 | amarynth
And this is the real issue:   And a little real history and situation today, that would be fine to discuss at a barbecue and probably not at a formal

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Fergus Finlay and the maternity hospital ‘gotcha’ trap

offsite link Irish Examiner and fake news Anthony

offsite link Labour Party: The unvarnished truth Anthony

offsite link Humanity: Zero chance of survival Anthony

offsite link RTE gives balance – accidentally? Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link French army officially supports Ukrainian army, banderites included Sat May 21, 2022 14:16 | en

offsite link Washington looking to create dual energy market Sat May 21, 2022 13:49 | en

offsite link Scholtz government sanctions Gerhard Schröder Sat May 21, 2022 10:41 | en

offsite link Possible boycott of Summit of the Americas Fri May 20, 2022 18:45 | en

offsite link Croatia resists NATO enlargement Fri May 20, 2022 17:21 | en

Voltaire Network >>

The War of Independence: Separating fact from folklore

category national | history and heritage | other press author Wednesday March 27, 2013 13:52author by Turing Test - Donner Party Report this post to the editors

Revisionists given a hammering by John Borgonovo . They are searching for an ouija board to contact Peter Hart for advice. Full text at link.

UCC historian John Borgonovo casts doubt on some claims made in the TV3 series ‘In The Name Of The Republic’
TV3’s TWO-PART documentary series, In the Name of the Republic has created a stir among historians, though perhaps not in the way the filmmakers intended. The programme illustrates the danger of accepting local folklore as historical fact, especially during this much-heralded “decade of centenaries”.

In the first episode, viewers met an aged Co Laois man who related his boyhood encounter with a neighbouring farmer, who claimed he had dug up a body while ploughing his field, one of three corpses supposedly buried there by the IRA. Series host Prof Eunan O’Halpin (of Trinity College Dublin) told the audience hisresearch had uncovered two civilians abducted by the Tipperary IRA and “never seen again”. The rest of the episode attempted to prove his theory that they were interred in this Laois field. The episode concluded with O’Halpin opening the sealed files, only to learn that both had survived the conflict. They were never killed by the IRA, much less secretly buried in Laois. The obvious lesson here is: Finish your research before you rent the JCB.


Undeterred, in the second episode, O’Halpin moves to more fertile ground in Cork City and Knockraha, a village a few miles east of Cork. In recent years, the area has attracted considerable speculation about the killing of alleged informers, especially Protestants.

Much interest stems from Gerard Murphy’s 2011 book, The Year of Disappearances, which received overwhelmingly negative reviews from historians concerned by his over-reliance on folklore and supposition. Murphy’s unlikely theories of covert revolutionary activity in Cork included the IRA’s unrecorded killing of up to 30 Freemasons in the spring of 1922, and the drowning of Protestant schoolchildren by IRA intelligence agent Josephine Brown. ...

The absence of such dramatic events in contemporary and later records (civilian, military, governmental, and religious) leads me to conclude that they did not occur. I was surprised, therefore, by the sight of Murphy relating additional theories for In the Name of the Republic.

Related Link: http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/separating-fact-from-folklore-226559.html
© 2001-2022 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy