Little change?

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 4 (Winter 1995), Letters, Letters, Volume 3

Sir,—Reading Patrick Holland’s account of the Unionist meeting in the picture gallery in Kilkenny Castle on 12 October 1912 and Brian Cleary’s account of the Byrne-Perry Summer School, one could not but feel that little has changed over the intervening eighty-three years. Mr. Holland candidly acknowledges the partisan approach of the press coverage of the Kilkenny meeting, noting that the Kilkenny People dismissed the speeches as ‘empty’ and the proceedings as a ‘farce’. In the light of Mr. Cleary’s observations on Dr. C.D. McGimpsey’s contribution to the Summer School, it would appear that Unionists are no more likely to receive a fair hearing today than they were in 1912.—Yours etc.,

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