The interminable reshaping of conflicts

Marc Mulholland is settling nicely into the blogosphere. So much so that he seems to have many more fish to fry that those strictly to do with home. However earlier this week he began publishing notes for his students. He cautions them on the vast range of conflicting and determinative accounts of Irish history.Some of the quotes are priceless. This triptych from ATQ Stewart numbers among the pithyist and the best:

“Ireland, like Dracula’s Transylvania, is much troubled by the undead.”

“The factor which distinguishes the siege of Derry from all other historical sieges in the British Isles is that it is still going on.”

“What the Catholics have been saying for fifty years about the Ulster government springs from a well that was made bitter long before Stormont was built.”

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