In the wake of TV3’s much criticized drama-documentary “In the Name of the Republic” I argued that the intent of the Neo-Unionist fringe in Ireland (and their apologists elsewhere) is to falsify and corrupt the Irish people’s understanding of their own history, in particular the period surrounding the War of Independence. This weekend that intent has been given physical form by the true-believers of the revisionist movement. On Saturday historic graves belonging to a number of prominent revolutionaries who fought or died during the 1916-1923 struggle for Irish freedom were desecrated at St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork. From the Irish Examiner newspaper:
“Graffiti was daubed on some of the headstones, with slogans including ‘IRA scumbags’ and ‘Fuck the IRA’ painted on others.
Local gardaí and members of the special branch are currently investigating.
Amongst those buried in the plot are former Lord Mayor Tomas MacCurtain, whose headstone was vandalised.
…Tom Barry’s headstone, which isn’t at the plot, was also vandalised – indicating that vandalism was deliberately carried out…”
For those who need reminding Tomás Mac Curtain was the elected Lord Mayor of Cork City who was assassinated in his home on the 20th March 1920 in front of his wife and son by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary. He was just 36 years of age.
So it begins…