Saturday night, Film night
A few short videos to watch and think about this evening as Ireland prepares to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising
We’ll start of with the Gold Standard – the official government video
It has now been removed due to widespread objections that it didn’t even mention the 1916 Rising.
Comment: Note the upbeat “21st century” attitude. Nothing in today’s Ireland connects with the events and motivations of the people who took up arms 100 years ago, whose deeds and achievements (or lack thereof) the people of Ireland are preparing to celebrate.
Query: Does anything really connect the 1916 Rising with Ireland in 2015?
Here’s the Sinn Fein response
Comment:It emphasizes the executions of the 1016 leaders.
N.B. The British point of view was that they were insurgents, Britain was at war and execution was too good for them!The Irish people thought differently.
Here’s a modern Englishman’s thoughts
And here’s SF’s final proposal for the 2016 celebrations which was presented in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin yesterday.
Comment: Note the blend of fact, emotion and electioneering
Finally, here’s an unofficial response to the government video
Comment: It looks at a variety of issues around Ireland like protests against bondholder bailout, use of Shannon Airport for rendition flights and water charges.
Comments: The series of videos show alternative futures for the country
Queries: Which is the most fitting tribute to the achievements of the 1916 leaders?
Which best shows today’s Ireland?
Where does Ireland go from here?
Answers on a postcard, please!!