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o formal Act of Union between England and Ireland was passed, as was attempted with Scotland.
Usually, no one takes any notice, but last week one symbolic little exodus caught the attention of Radio 4's Today programme: the departure of the last 10 Protestant families from the Torrens estate in north Belfast.
Eight years ago, there were more than 100 Protestant families in the estate. Torrens was a small Protestant, unionist enclave within a largely Catholic, nationalist area, and its inhabitants were thus particularly vulnerable to the hail of sectarian taunts and petrol bombs that so often passes for neighbourly relations in Northern Ireland.
This article looks at a few of these Protestant rebels briefly, and also the reactionary role of the Hibernians in the Ireland of a century ago.
Terence Mac Sweeney, the Lord Mayor of Cork who died on hunger strike during the War of Independence, denounced ‘Hibernianism’ as a divisive sectarian ideology, writing that “English politicians to serve the end of dividing Ireland have worked on religious feelings in the north with the aim of destroying Irish unity…Hibernianism created an unnatural atmosphere of sectarian rivalry in Ireland.” One of the very last articles published in James Connolly’s newspaper, , was entitled ‘Hands Across The Boyne’, and was penned by the Protestant Irish Citizen Army member Seamus Mc Gowan.
Moving house is bad enough: being forced to move must be immeasurably worse.
In Northern Ireland, where I grew up, hundreds of families move every year, because the petrol-bombs and death threats are getting a bit much.A sixth of all deaths in “the troubles” of the past 30 years happened in North Belfast.Catholics in Ardoyne were perpetrators, as much as victims: in 1993 a Shankill Road fish-shop was bombed, killing nine Protestants including two girls aged seven and 13.Earlier today, I watched a very impressive Easter march through the city from Kilmainham Gaol to Arbour Hill, commemorating the executed leaders of the 1916 Rising.It seems in spite of the onslaught of Geldof and Bruton, plenty of people still think the 1916 Rising is something we should take pride in, and I share their sentiment wholeheartedly.The turnout included many families and children, which was wonderful to see, and a variety of banners including trade unionists from the United States.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating