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The theme of British versus Irish interpretations of Cromwell’s time in Ireland is as prevalent today as it was in the 19th century.

While on one level Ireland seems to be coming to terms with the dying embers of centuries of anti-British sentiment, below the surface it is a different story.

was the organised colonisation (plantation) of Ulster – a province of Ireland – by people from Great Britain during the reign of King James I.

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Since 1999 little has changed in Ireland regarding Cromwell’s murderous legacy.

Obviously small numbers of male civilians could have died as the result of collateral damage. But there was no policy to kill the innocent either before, during or after the sieges of Drogheda and Wexford.

After Ireland Cromwell, king-killer and the darling of his soldiers, became the chief actor on the mid-17th-century stage when he assumed the role of Protector of the Commonwealth.

Cromwell is easily Irish history’s most resistant figure to a favourable re-evaluation.

A member of a long-standing Drogheda family, I grew up close to where the walls of the town were breached on 9/11 1649. As a young adult I joined the Old Drogheda Society and a short glimpse into local history later I began to question the truth about the massacres.

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