British dominance of Irish site unacceptable

While Joe Lonergan is trying very hard to be politically correct, any person with a knowledge of Irish history knows that it is impossible to accept an acknowledgement of British presence and dominance on an Irish site. While the Scots have always been linked with the gaels, it was the British who captured North America and The Fraser Highlanders were part of it.

Mr. Rouleau, the British Army was and is an organization made up of wide ethnic backgrounds. From the Scots Guards, to the Royal Irish Regiment, to the Royal Welch Fusiliers, recruits came to it from every nook and cranny of the British Isles and their overseas territories. In fact, the Irish made up a very large bulk of the British line, with there having been over the years 40 Irish regiments stood up in His or Her Majesty's service. The backbone of the British garrison in India was Irish, (the Royal Bombay, Royal Madras and Royal Bengal Fusiliers, which became the Royal Dublin and Royal Munster Fusiliers), in addition to Irishmen serving as ratings the in Royal Navy, as Marines, and later, in the RAF. There were also regiments overseas that recruited extensively or exclusively in the Irish community, and fought for Britain: the Irish Regiment of Canada and Cape Town Irish Volunteer Rifles, for example. Many Irishmen rose to prominent positions within that organization: Sir Guy Carleton and the Duke of Wellington, among others. To this day, many of the recruits who join the Royal Irish Regiment are from the Republic. My own ethnic background is Irish, Scottish and Welsh (my grandfather speaks Welsh), yet it did not dissuade my family from establishing deep roots within the British military organization (including my own application to the Royal Marines in 2002), any more than it kept African-Americans from enlisting in the ranks of the US Army, ethnic Algerians from serving France, or blacks from volunteering to fight for the Rhodesian Army and South African Defence Force (and forming up to 80% of personnel in the units that inflicted the most significant losses on the guerrillas - the Selous Scouts and the SADF's 32 Battalion) while whites were conscripted. Political allegiance is a difficult thing to gauge, because so many factors contribute to it, including religious, philosophical and ideological beliefs, political and socioeconomic views and personal history. At the Boyne, for example, there were Irishmen fighting beside Frenchmen (Irish, Scots and French fought on both sides) under an English banner for a Dutch king. Irishmen have been found on both sides of almost every conflict involving English-speaking belligerents for the better part of 500 years: the Jacobite War, the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, the Fenian Raids, the American Civil War, both Anglo-Boer Wars, and even both World Wars, with the IRA courting Germany as an ally in both cases. Millions of Irishmen have voluntarily served the Crown, and each one had his reasons for doing so. So to argue that it is impossible to accept an acknowledgement of British presence and dominance on an Irish site is historically bankrupt because it overlooks a major, demonstrable fact: Prior to independence, a great many Irishmen (as well as Scots and Welsh) saw themselves as British, and gave their allegiance accordingly. The structure and history of British society is something to which the Irish themselves have actively contributed for centuries, and to which they still do.