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Whose Past is it Anyway?

Whose Past is it Anyway?

Jude Collins

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Including interviews with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fr Brian D’Arcy, Niall O’Dowd and Roddy Doyle amongst many others, this collection of discussions touches upon the ethereal nature of our history, and the constantly shifting sands upon which we build our shared past.

Ireland is on the cusp of what has become known as the 'Decade of Centenaries'. In this unique book, we gain an insight into three of these centenaries:

  • the signing of the Ulster Covenant,
  • the Easter Rising and
  • the Battle of the Somme

from across the spectrum of political allegiances and perspectives.

Among those interviewed are Enda Kenny (Irish Prime Minister), Gregory Campbell MP, Ian Paisley Jr MP, the author Roddy Doyle, the artist Robert Ballagh, Bernadette McAliskey, Mary Lou McDonald and Danny Morrison. Each interview begins with some thoughts on the interviewees background and introduction to politics; it goes on to explore their views on the significance of each of the historical events, how they might be commemorated, what opportunities and dangers these commemorations involve. While the core questions for each interview are the same, the responses are unique to each interviewee. 

But what emerges as a consistent theme throughout these conversations is the degree of understanding that can be offered for our future in reflecting on how these events continue to shape our reality.

Additional Information

Author Jude Collins
Publisher The History Press
Publication date 1 Aug 2012
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781845887544

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