History Matters: The Easter Rising 1916 to 2016

History Matters is a new series interrogating current perspectives on the past.  Our first episode is an Easter special. WORLDbytes volunteers are joined by Kevin Rooney and James Heartfield, co-authors of ‘Who’s Afraid of the Easter Rising? 1916-2016′. To discuss the Easter Rising. In this frank and forthright discussion, we consider the lack of enthusiasm for the Easter Rising amongst today’s governing elites and learn of their attempts to dilute the meaning of Easter 1916 to suit the politics of 2016.  The centenary of the Irish rebels’ fight and the lesser known, first blow they struck against the barbarism of the First World War deserves to be celebrated fully.  Do watch, share and join in the debate.