Months after independence from British rule, a short and brutal civil war swept Ireland. Earlier this year, as villages and towns across Ireland commemorated the centenary of the war’s worst atrocities, the state released archival material that forced a reevaluation of the conflict’s imprint on Irish politics.
As the Gaelic revival swept across Ireland in the late 1800s, the once huge variety of Irish dances dwindled. But in the wild countryside of the south-west, Munnix survived – and when the pandemic arrived, this unusual dance gained a surprising new lease of life.
This year marks the centenary of one of those malicious acts of history: the partition of Ireland, the establishment of a sectarian statelet in the northeast of the island, and the beginning of a whole new set of injustices that have fueled successive outbursts of civil strife.
John Hume, whose legacy was nearly lost after he succumbed to dementia, realized that in order to improve conditions in his hometown, he would have to change the world