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The Green Book 7

The Green Book 7

Bealtaine 2016

Brian J. Showers (ed.)

Availability: In Print

“Race hatred is the cheapest and basest of all national passions, and it is the nature of hatred, as it is the nature of love, to change us into the likeness of that which we contemplate.” – A.E., The National Being (1916)

This issue is a little different than the previous ones. It started as an idea half in jest, but became something unexpectedly more viable.

Those living in Ireland will know that this country is in the midst of a year-long commemoration of a watershed event: the 1916 Easter Rising. If you don’t know about this event, take a moment to familiarise yourself with it. Suffice to say the rebellion was a major turning point in the centuries-long struggle for Irish independence. However, the violence that erupted in Dublin (and further afield) during that week in the spring of 1916 became the template for twentieth-century Ireland’s myriad political and social divisions over which much blood has been spilt, creating wounds that have not yet healed. A terrible beauty indeed.

The question in 2016 is not only how we commemorate such a controversial event, but in what ways do we represent the various and sometimes overlooked voices (Unionist, Republican, the role of women, the Anglo-Irish, et cetera) of such a complex moment?

Paperback edition limited to 250 copies.

Cover image of Lord Dunsany
Editor’s Note by Brian J. Showers

ISSN: 2009-6089 (pbk)