Blindjustice BATONEFFECT wrote:
The only thing I see wrong with it is the suggestion that owners of Big Houses were by definition opposed to an independent Ireland. Half the rebels in Irish nationalist history were wealthy landowners and/or inhabitants of des-reses.
Quite a big deal for a museum, also it infers that the burnings were done to drive opponents of Independence out when in reality a huge portion of the burnings were done during the civil war.
Learn from the past, the victors write history, people swallow what they are told & the masses generally crush the minority.
I don't really see a conflict between the time that the violence occurred and the reason that is said to have caused the violence. I am sure there were people who remained opposed to independence even after an Irish Free State was achieved. There is also the fact that many people didn't consider the Free State as full Irish Independence. I would give the museum kudos for acknowledging that violence was visited upon these people. I would imagine that a number of those people who were burned out of their homes, suffered because of non-political reasons though, wrapped in the blanket of ideology.