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NEVER MIND all the stories, stars and sensationalism of 1916 – what about the symbolism? This is the concern of the first two articles in this issue of SEARCH. From a Northern perspective, psychologist Roddy Cowie, seeks out the deep symbolism behind the stories of World War I heroism and its socio-political implications. He asks: “Can we find a common symbol of the time to unite North and South?” Then William Olhausen looks at Pearse’s central theme of blood sacrifice and questions its Christian credentials. The theme of self-sacrifice for a transcendent cause may be common to both sides of the border, but historical and communal differences remain.