"... a topic of controversy in Ireland in recent years- the teaching of history- but in a way which sheds a new light on it. A sizeable body of Irish scholarly opinion has been advocating revisionism in the teaching of Irish history. That is a turning away from the old hagiographical portrayal of 1916 and the events as seen through nationalist eyes, going on the basis that a new approach would somehow help to bridge the gap between North and South, Catholic and Protestant."
In History Extension, we often speak about revisionism for various reasons, but this is one of the few times I have seen it suggested as a manner in which to bolster a peace process. Yet it cannot be an isolated example. Of course, as the anniversary of 1916 approaches, this topic has risen again and already some are voicing concerns that memorialising the 1916 martyrs may upset northern loyalists.
How interesting that Coogan predicted this, almost 30 years ago.