by ks

Richard Kearney’s “Double Remembrance” (an article adapted from Twinsome Minds) is featured on the LA Review of Books,  paired with Sheila Gallagher’s images from the multimedia performance.

Excerpt from “Double Remembrance”

A YEAR of double remembrance for the Irish, 2016 marks the centenary of Ireland’s Easter Rising against Britain, when almost 500 Irish citizens died, and it commemorates the Battle of the Somme in Flanders, in which 3,500 Irish expired in a single day fighting in British uniform against Germany.

The Irish martyrs of the Dublin Rising are typically remembered by the wearing of a white Easter lily, symbol of death and rebirth. Those who died at the Somme are honored with a red and black poppy. But in the last hundred years you would be hard put to find a single Irish person wearing both.

Why? Because Official History after 1916 decreed you could not be Irish and British at once. A binary logic of either/or trumped a dialectical one of both/and. The complex muddle of events was replaced by Grand Narratives of opposed nations. In 1921, the Anglo-Irish Treaty divided the island of Ireland into North (six counties) and South (26 counties). A bitter civil war followed, after which Northern Ireland pledged continuing loyalty to Britain — the majority of its citizens, known as Loyalists or Unionists, proclaiming a “Protestant Parliament for a Protestant people.” Southern Ireland, for its part, proclaimed itself a free independent state, known as Éire and, later in 1948, as a republic. Its majority identified as nationalist and Catholic, with Gaelic its first national language…

Check out the full article at lareviewofbooks.org

K. Sweet
About K. Sweet
Kevin Sweet is a Boston based artist, educator, and the Technical Director on "Twinsome Minds"
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