museumtom, on 22 January 2012 - 02:41 PM, said:
When compiling the Tipperary War Dead began, anyone I asked warned me of the backlash it would bring and how no one wanted to know about these casualties etc. The more the book became a reality I found no such resistance to it and can honestly say once everyone knew it was going to happen, that was an end to it. Empty buckets make the most noise. It was the vast silent majority who supported it. I found the most support came from the old women ( being an old man I can call old women old women without them getting the hump now). The old women knew that when they died, their husbands side of the family would not 'remember' her ancestors who died in ww1. I find that 99% of the resistance to remembrance of these Irish heroes is a perceived resistance and not as big a problem as you expect it to be.
Must agree with Museumtom, the vast majority of resistance is perceived (bar stool republicans aside). Certainly within my own family there were family members in the British Army (WW1), fighting the War of Independence and on both sides in the Civil War and later in the Irish Army and in the British Army during WW2 - there was never any conflict / division amongst them ever, this encompassed extended family & in-laws as the years / wars went on. Maybe we're an exception but I don;t think so.
Just my 2cents, I wasn't aware that there was a ceremony of rememberance held every year, I am a Dubliner with interest in this as well as coming from a family with a military tradition - perhaps it's something that should be better publicised as we approach the centenary of both WW1 and the easter Rising?? I may well get on to Michael D about this.