Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The burning of Cork

RTE had an interesting documentary tonight about the burning of Cork by British Crown Forces. It was disturbing to see a city being destroyed by a part of the supposed forces of law and order. Witness reports from the night reminded me terribly of Kristallnacht - police standing idly by, police starting fires etc. Of course Kristallnacht is rightly widely condemned but the sacking of Cork seems to have been generally ignored.

It was also shocking to be reminded of the murder of democratically elected Lord mayors - in both Cork and Limerick - by these self-same forces.

Interestingly neither of us remember learning about this in school but we have it on DVD now so the boys will know about it.

The Cork Corporation website has some info here

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