I've recently been reading more on the "Wars of the Three Kingdoms" (1641 Rebellion, English Civil Wars, etc) and it really seems phenomenal to me these crucial events are virtually ignored in the Irish secondary school history curriculum. Prior to the Wars, Ireland was a kingdom belonging to a sovereign who also happened to possess England: in theory an equal sister kingdom. After the Wars, Ireland was a subordinate possession of the parliament of England. Prior to the Wars (and the Reformation) native Gaels and Old English settlers were enemies; after the Wars they began merging until they eventually formed the single identity we today refer to as "nationalist" (as opposed to "unionist").
I recall only a page or two on the rebellion of 1641 in the Junior Cert text book, and obviously the Leaving Cert doesn't go back to the 17th century, so most students will leave school with little or no understanding or even knowledge of what was arguably the most crucial period in the history of the island (I'd put it up there as arguably more crucial than 1169-1171 and 1690, as it marks the birth of the 'nationalist' identity)
Do posters have any theories on why the Wars of the Three Kingdoms receive so little attention in Ireland? Most people's knowledge is limited to an awareness that there were massacres of Protestants in 1641, and that Cromwell invaded and brutally sacked Drogheda in 1649: but these events are not put into their British Isles context and most people have no understanding of the role Ireland played in sparking off the English and Scottish civil wars.
Is there a reluctance to examine Ireland's role in the wider history of the British Isles; Irish historians and the media preferring to fall back on the traditional colonyccupier portrait? Is there a reluctance to examine the merging of the Gaelic Irish and Old English; historians and the media preferring to basically pretend the Old English ceased to exist, and all Catholics are gaels? Or is it simply so long ago, and resolved so little, that it is considered irrelevant?