Not that I’m disputing the undoubtedly elephantine memory of Irish President Mary McAleese, who is in Budapest to represent Ireland at the 50th anniversary commemorations of the 1956 Revolution.. but when, as the Belfast Telegraph reports, she states, “I remember the impact that it had on my home, my parish, my street. We were, to put it mildly, upset by it” [not part of the official speech – Ed], it’s worth pointing out that she was only 5 years old at the time..Some of the other comments reported by the Belfast Telegraph
Irish President Mary McAleese yesterday described the Hungarian revolution of 1956 as “one of the biggest episodes of my childhood”.
Speaking in Budapest, she also said she felt the 50th anniversary celebrations of the revolution were very important for the Hungarian people and an opportunity to put their country’s best face forward following recent political turmoil.
The president said she was old enough to remember the uprising. “I remember the impact that it had on my home, my parish, my street. We were, to put it mildly, upset by it.
“On the old black-and-white television, we watched and listened nightly. Like all Catholic families at that time, we said the rosary and we thought Cardinal Mindszentzy was a next-door neighbour.”