Now there’s renewed speculation that a British Royal, possibly Prince Charles will attend some of next year’s Easter Rising commemorations in Dublin.
We thought the proposal, originally made last year, had been dropped but apparently not completely. Inviting a Royal to Dublin for a centenary event is like enduring a bitter divorce and then inviting your former spouse to celebrate your birthday. It’s a nonsense. It risks making a mockery of The Rising. UCD historian, Professor Diarmuid Ferriter had complained about the original proposal for a Royal visit. It smacked of a “Post-colonial inferiority complex,” he said.
It seems that Queen Elizabeth’s first visit to Dublin was such a success the Dublin Government wants a re-play. Talk about a cow in a corn field! It seems that once we get a taste of being deferential to Royals, we can’t get enough of it. How ‘sad’ is that?
During the 1921 negotiations that brought the War of Independence to an end, King George V was implacably opposed to any settlement for Ireland beyond Dominion status under his Crown.
You can strongly support good relations between Ireland and Britain and you can be against the glorification of political violence and yet be in favour of, “an unabashed celebration of the seminal moment in the birth of the Irish Republic,” in the words of another historian, Professor Ronan Fanning. That has nothing whatsoever to do with British Royals unless the Dublin Government really wants to say “Sorry about that wee spot of bother back in 1916”.