It Seems History is to Blame

What, if anything, have we to learn from the events of one hundred years ago:  the Easter Rising and the period leading up to it (1913-1916), World War I (1914-1918), and the War of Independence / Civil War (1919-1923)? 

Most people would accept that it was in this decade, from 1913 to 1923, that the Ireland we have inherited was forged. But is this only a matter for history buffs? Is it best left to historians who know their facts? On the other hand, is there a danger that the decade of commemoration will be taken over by groups and individuals with their own agendas?

IT SEEMS HISTORY IS TO BLAME is intended to be a contribution to Cork's efforts to make sense of the period, and more importantly, our efforts to discuss what lessons we might learn from the positives and negatives of the cultural and social developments of one hundred years ago. At the heart of the City Libraries' programme is a belief that this decade of commemoration gives our country a unique opportunity to hold up a mirror to contemporary society. It can prompt discussions and conversations on how Ireland might recover from the after-effects of the Celtic Tiger, and on how it might be remade according to a fairer and more sustainable model.

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