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Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, General, Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 2009), Letters, Volume 17

Sir,

—I have recently returned from a visit to the Imperial War Museumin London. The display on the Home Front during the 1914–18 warincluded items relating to the Easter Rising. One of the items ondisplay was a banner belonging to Na Fianna Éireann. It was taken fromthe home of Constance Markiewicz in the aftermath of the events ofEaster week. I understand that some of the flags and emblems flown bythe rebels in 1916 were returned by the British authorities as part ofthe fiftieth anniversary commemorations in 1966. Surely such remainingitems should be repatriated in time for the centenary of the rising in2116? I would be interested in hearing from any History Ireland readerswho would be interested in campaigning for their return.

PAUL MOONEY
Norfolk

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