Could our past troubles be a guide to Ukraine’s future?


In the midst of the beginning of one war, we remember the end of another. It somehow feels fitting to pause on Easter Monday and recall the final conclusion to a centuries-old conflict on our own island as we look east at the brutality that is encroaching Ukraine. Later in the day I will stand with the crowds in Kinsale to commemorate the centenary of the handover of the British Army’s military forts to the Irish Free State.

Harles Fort, the star-shaped citadel that guarded the mouth of Kinsale Harbor for 400 years and was the ultimate colonial power in the 17th century, was an engineering masterpiece of its time. Its 16 meter high walls housed one of Britain’s largest garrisons, withstood sustained attacks and prolonged sieges, and remained prominent as an enduring symbol of the Empire until its eventual surrender to the Free State government in 1922. Could our past troubles be a guide to Ukraine’s future?

Fry Electronics Team

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