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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark chapter in British history, systematically hidden from us, 19 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Two-Disc Special Edition)[DVD] (2006) (DVD)
It's a sad, grim film which shows a dark chapter in British history, which has been systematically hidden from British citizens. i bought this DVD after a holiday in Dublin and a tour round Kilmainham Gaol which made me realise that British rule in Ireland had been far, far more brutal than I had ever realised, which started me reading up on the 1916 - 1923 period. This film shows very harshly British brutality during the Irish War of Independence and the conflicts within the Irish nationalist side which led to the Irish Civil War. It's set in beautiful, haunting, misty Irish landscape, but it's hard to appreciate the latter because of the grim, terrible story taking place.
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2013 07:03:35 BDT
Stuart says:
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Posted on 20 Oct 2013 23:12:11 BDT
Moorsman says:
Readers, decide for yourselves whether Britain's colonial history in Ireland has been hidden from you. Did you know that in 1920 British forces deliberately burned down a large part of the city of Cork, both homes and public buildings? I certainly didn't know till I heard about this from history museums in Ireland, then checked the story when I got home. You can Google on 'the burning of Cork' and choose for yourself which of the many links to click on. Many people in the Irish Republic know what our country did. Why don't we?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 21:19:50 BDT
Stuart says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2016 17:40:21 GMT
Oh Stu, how ignorant you are about Irish/British(I am including the Scots)history.I would say 90% of britains history in dealings with the Irish over many centuries is unknown through shame or/and on purpose.Try reading about how Michael Collins begged the Brits to be rational .The subject has never been on the British cirriculum in history,I wonder why? Shame on their involvement in Ireland................... Teresa Donoghue,so proud to be part of one of the most popular countries in the world.

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Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2016 17:54:46 GMT
Stuart says:
I'm sure you don't know what's on the history curriculum in Britain. I certainly don't. I don't see any reason why British people should be knowledgeable about the history of Ireland. Do Irish people know all about British history, other than that which impinges on Ireland. Does the Irish curriculum teach pupils about the battle of Hastings? I doubt it. Is there a conspiracy to hide that from Irish people then?

The BBC showed a five part history of Ireland in 2011. There are books all about Ireland in my local library including books by Irish republicans. Anyone who wants to learn about Irish history is free to do so in Britain.

Loach's film is not history it's Irish republican propaganda.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2016 21:20:43 BDT
Stuart, just seen this post. Some of my cousins are secondary teachers in England so I am aware of said curriculum. Yes in Ireland we were taught a lot about British history .
What I find so sad is the complete unawareness of the atrocities committed by your fellow countrymen and the lenght (OVER 700 YEARS)of domination.This film opens the sores which some may forgive but it should never be forgotten(Neither should the horrendous IRA campaign in G.B.) British rule in Ireland is still something flung to one side and when England played Ireland at Landsdown Road in rugby and the English national anthem was listened to with great respect ,all the Irish I know were tremendously proud of their conduct.At the end of the day ,it is history,it happened so why do so many English feel superior when the world loves my country??????

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2016 17:43:01 BDT
Stuart says:
When you say you were taught alot about British history I suspect you were taught Irish history and therefore learnt a bit about British history because British history impinges on Irish history.

There's no particular reason why British people should be knowledgeable about Irish history. Ireland is a foreign country most people have no interest or concern in. You're not going to know about these things unless you read about them.

Well your last comments seem pretty arrogant to me.

The film does more than just open sores. It aggressively advocates the violent overthrow of partition. You mention the horrendous IRA campaign in GB. This film advocates a continuation of that campaign because it takes the position that violence should continue until the whole of ireland is independent from Britain. That is my issue with the film.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2016 19:19:26 BDT
The Wind that shakes the barley, brilliant,heart rendering film that shows the revolting torture inflicted upon the Irish population by the brits over centuries. It is hard to believe that it is still less than 100 years since Eire gained their "independance". Yes you are right the brits did impinge on Irish history, how magnificent, how glorious. No wonder it is hidden in the archives of British history, could be because of the shame and blame. How frustrating that Eire could not resolve matters at the table because the ignorant brits refused any kind of intelligent efforts to resolve issue. No more comments from me, Mr.Stew truth always hurts and what goes around comes around. Maybe you can find another brit to talk to in Cumbria for example now that your country is SO multicultural, slan Teresa Ann Donoghue

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2016 20:50:25 BDT
Stuart says:
If anyone wanted an example of the hatred and bigotry generated by this film then your comments would be a prime one.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2016 00:15:01 BDT
No hatred or bigotry,just lack of forgiveness and never forgotten.I just knew you would reply quickly, sign of guilt!!!!!!!!
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