John Hume consistently articulated the view that the differences of race, religion or nationality which led to hatred and conflict are accidents of birth which should be respected and celebrated as the essence of humanity.
As a border child from the counties of Tyrone and Derry, I have seen the hard border, that no one wants again. I remember the salmon smuggling, the customs officers on both sides
Beside such extreme acts of violence, ordinary life was of course lived ordinarily, decently, by scores of citizens. The vast majority of people wanted no truck with the killing.
It is not just landscape and history and personal objects and events that shape us, but also the more casual and systematic reading we do ….
An engrossing play about the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
For many in NI, the ‘open border’ is a tangible sign of the end of ‘The Troubles’.
Derry-born, London-living poet novelist, Michael Foley, writing in the Irish Times, felt Brexit was an appeal to Nationalism, with its double-speak of sovereignty and taking-back control. Given the economic and societal insecurity, Europe was the perfect scapegoat.
the final end of the Irish nation was at hand, unless they acted dramatically to call back the nation’s soul from the very shadow of death.
‘I now believe that the spiritual life is deeply political’ p.175.
if this was all we had a thousand years from now, it would be the basis for a sound reconstruction of the political, social and economic life in Ireland in the century since 1916.