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Comment #4915681 by Helen Farrell

Helen Farrell Mar 25th 2016, 4:30 PM #

My Great-Uncle James Hudson, a quiet lad, a gardener from Ranelagh, went off to France in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a nurse because he believed in what Redmond said. Sadly he died in Abbeville, France in 1916 from peritonitis. I shudder to think of the horrors he must have seen. It all seems so pointless. His younger sister, my Nana, was devastated by her older brother’s death. So many young men died, and for what? Redmond had the blood of thousands on his hands and I think he has nothing to do with 1916 commemorations.

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Activists draw over John Redmond's face on controversial College Green banner

Activists draw over John Redmond's face on controversial College Green banner

Irish language group Misneach said it defaced the banner in a protest against “revisionist propaganda”.

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    Favourite Chris Kirk
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    Mar 25th 2016, 9:42 PM

    Redmond recruited for Nationalist Ireland what Carson was doing for Ulster Unionists, could have become a civil war in Ireland were it not for the outbreak of WW1. When one thinks of Redmond we sometimes forget about the context which Home Rule presented and why men joined his battalions to defend Nationalism. Hindsight is a wonderful thing where history is concerned. If the Irish war dead had have been returned home for burial we might have a different view on history instead of brushing it under the carpet.

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    Mar 25th 2016, 9:51 PM

    What context do we forget that Home Rule presented, Chris?

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    Mar 25th 2016, 10:16 PM

    The context which Home Rule was an aspiration for Nationalist Ireland rather than a right of passage, delayed during the period of WW1

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