Yes, Partition is a tragedy, but tomorrow is the century of something we can be proud of

These days it is perhaps best known as the country’s new official hobby of investigating tribunals. But from 1204, when the English King John first ordered its construction, until January 16, 1922, Dublin Castle was the loathsome center of British rule in Ireland.

Or that symbol of the freedom struggle, Michael Collins, it was “that terrible Bastille of Ireland”. So it’s fitting that Collins is the witty hero of the widely circulated anecdotes about the Dublin Castle handover that happened exactly 100 years ago yesterday.