Dublin historian speaks at Easter Commemoration

by Rose Barrett
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Broadstone historian and renowned author Brendan Lynch spoke at Good Friday’s Dublin Unitarian Church commemoration of the victims of political violence.

The only service of its kind to be held in Ireland, the annual event featured a reading of the names of 3,600 casualties of Irish paramilitary violence from 1966.

Lynch said “So many victims, it took three hours to read the complete list. A scarcely credible statistic. It is sad to think of all these individuals so wantonly killed in the prime of their lives.  And for the grief inflicted on their loved ones by gunmen of all denominations.  

“Rev Bridget Spain and her Unitarian colleagues deserve great credit for staging the ceremony. Honouring these men, women and children, including 29-year old journalist Lyra McKee, the commemoration will hopefully remind people of the sacredness of human life. And finally end the mythologising of violence in our country.”

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