by ks

Can we commemorate 1916 and the Somme together, an article by Richard Kearney based on Twinsome Minds, was featured by the Irish Times on July 16, 2016.

(From the article) With President Hollande set to visit Glasnevin to mark the Irish role in the World Wars, we can acknowledge duality and remember those on opposite sides 100 years ago.

In you, our dead enigma, all the strains Criss-cross in useless equilibrium

From In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge, by Seamus Heaney
A year of double remembrance, 2016 marks the centenary of Ireland’s Easter rising against Britain, when almost 500 Irish citizens died, and commemorates the Battle of the Somme, in Flanders, in which 3,500 Irish died in a single day fighting in British uniform against Germany.

The Irish martyrs of the Rising are typically remembered by the wearing of the white Easter lily, a symbol of death and rebirth. Those who died at the Somme are honoured with the red and black poppy. In the past 100 years you would be hard put to find a single Irish person wearing both.

Why? Because official history after 1916 decreed that 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… Read More at

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