What better case study for 'Selective Memory' than the Nation that is of Ireland .... RoI, NI or I, In or Out?
The Easter Rising 1916 lasted for six days Monday 24th April in a bid for freedom from British rule, to establish an independent Irish Republic.
Set during the backdrop of WWI the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) collaborated with other Irish independence groups, lack of cohesion and co-ordination between the groups led to failure.
Fear not failure, the uprising was an historical event that gave rise to Sinn Feinn a political representation for Irish Independence who in 1918 won 75 seats at parliament on a policy of abstentions and Irish independence. The significance of this uprising has been well documented and with the Centenary of the Easter Rising approaching St Patrick's Day will no doubt begin weeks of merriment around the globe.
The Easter Rising in 8 mins : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT8uFIbNrHw
Fictional characters? : "Constance was one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922), and she was also the first woman elected to the British House of Commons (December 1918)—a position which she rejected due to the Sinn Féin abstentionist policy."
What have the Irish ever done for US? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN2dimzxzp8
The Irish Referendum & Lisbon Treaty : (wiki) "The Irish referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was a vote that was planned but did not occur. The referendum was expected to take place in 2005 or 2006 to decide whether Ireland should ratify the proposed EU Constitution. Following the rejection of the Constitution by voters in the French referendum of May 2005 and the Dutch referendum of June 2005, the planned Irish referendum was postponed indefinitely." ... Signed 2009 : "The amendment was approved by the Irish electorate by 67.1% to 32.9%, on a turnout of 59%"
The EU Referendum : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35749625
Hmm ... "On the other hand, many in Ireland are refusing to face up to how problematic remembrance of the rising is, though some of the issues are now being played out in a drama series on Irish television. These issues include German collusion, lack of popular support, the cloying religiosity and sexism of some of the leaders, the absurd romantic presumption of a group of men to speak for Ireland and to demand allegiance from the population"
MM ;-? Thank f*ck they havn't fixed the Easter date ....