Originally Posted by patsman07
I've been trying to find out if Redmond's policy was in keeping with party policy on other British wars from that era. E.g. The Boer War, Boxer Rebellion etc. I cannot find any information on this. Any ideas?
Whatever about IPP policy there were very mixed feelings in Dublin about the Boer War. On the one hand there were many Irish soldiers serving in the British Army, many of whom were highly decorated including Rugby International Tom Crean (NOT the South Pole guy, another one) who won the Victoria Cross. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers who died in that conflict are commemorated on the gate leading into St Stephen's Green at the top of Grafton Street Dublin.
However, there was also great sympathy among many for the Boers. Not only was the aforementioned gate colloquially known as Traitors' Gate (although it wasn't erected until after the war) but the Boers and Paul Kruger, president of the Boer Republics were local heroes.
There is a pastiche of the song "the British Grenadiers" which was a popular street song which ended with the lines
"To hell with the Queen and the old Tambourine and three cheers for Kruger's Army"
Kruger was pronounced Crew-jer in the Dublin vernacular and the "tambourine" refers to the circular shield in Victoria's hand that appeared on many coins of the time.