Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland?
Oh, someone recommended the Wolfe Tones.  Might I recommend "Zombie" by the Cranberries?  Give peace a chance and all that . . .

Oh, and DK:  good job at keeping it real.  I mean that sincerely.  You mentioned the Irish American support for the IRA.  Yes, one of my catechism teachers in high school was an ardent Irish nationalist (and a theological liberal, surprise, surprise) who funded the IRA.  But Gaddafi was still important.  Say, aren't Sinn Fein and the IRA socialist/leftist?  Or is it just the case that everyone in Ireland is more or less socialist so this isn't so remarkable?  And I thought that they tried to distance themselves from being a "Catholic force" so much as being a secular movement in favor of nationalism and republicanism that just happened to draw most of its support from the Catholics? 

And I'd like to point out that the bishops of the Catholic Church frowned  upon Fenianism. 

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Re: Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland? - by Bonifacius - 07-25-2009, 09:32 PM

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