Right to reject nonsense of a ‘shared history’


By Brian Feeney (for Irish News)

William Faulkner wrote: ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ How right he was and nowhere is that remark better exemplified than in Ireland. James Joyce said: ‘History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.’ He meant Irish history of course and like some nightmares it recurs again and again always with the same ending.

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