Neutrality served us well, but now we’re adults


FSL historian Lyons had a phrase for it. One of the things that got him embroiled in one of the frequent debates was that Irish society was forever divided. In his epic, Ireland Since the Famine, he argued that Ireland’s neutrality during World War II was mythical and regressive. Lyons wrote: “It was as if an entire people had been condemned to live in Plato’s cave, turning their backs on the fire of life.”

Published in 1971, this wonderful book became a critically acclaimed work. It has done more to bring the previous century of turmoil and change perspective than most others. It was later overshadowed by Joe Lee’s 1989 masterpiece, Ireland: Politics and Society. Neutrality served us well, but now we’re adults

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