Relicts of Ireland’s ‘dark past’

Relicts of Ireland’s ‘dark past’
The darkness echoing: exploring Ireland’s places of famine, death and rebellion by Gillian O’Brien (Doubleday, £14.99/€17.99) Felix M. Larkin G.K. Chesterton said of “the great Gaels of Ireland” that “all their wars are merry and all their songs are sad”. Thus did he highlight what Gillian O’Brien identifies as our “fascination with the morbid, the melancholic,…
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