An excellent and hard hitting piece, one of a number from Myres and others that are perhaps symptomatic of a more mature and realist strand of thought prevailing in the Irish Republic in terms of facing up to the reality of the past which can only be good for healing the divisions on this island?Kevin Myers: The IRA campaign in Cork against Protestants and non-republicans was on a truly vast scale
GERARD Murphy's 'The Year Of Disappearances -- Political Killings In Cork 1921-22' is very properly causing a major stir. Even more than Peter Hart's account of the IRA in the county, this book is revealing the terrible horror that befell the Protestants of Cork.
Moreover, it finally destroys any claim that a non-sectarian Republic could have resulted from the violence of 1916 onwards. In a society as confessionally divided as Ireland then was, with the general Catholic-nationalist and Protestant-unionist divide, political violence would inevitably lead to sectarian war.