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Platforms Of Reconciliation? Issues In The Management Of Battlefield Heritage In The Republic Of Ireland

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Recently the battlefield of the Boyne fell under the spotlight of the world media as it was chosen as the place to publicly display the growing political friendship between the North and South after the formation of the first Northern Ireland assembly since its suspension in 2002. This chapter assesses the use of battlefield landscapes in modern politics in Ireland and what possible affect or influence this may have on the management of these battlefields as nationally and internationally important heritage landscapes. It is intended that the chapter stimulates debate about issues raised and open up a subject which for many years been buried to avoid provocation or upset in what many would still consider to be a delicate political environment. It is necessary before these issues can be addressed to provide a brief background of the Orange Order and the formation of national identity in the Republic of Ireland.

Keywords: battlefield heritage; modern politics; national identity; Orange Order; Republic of Ireland



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