1999-08-21 / Columnists

Meet The Irish

by Harry McGuirk

Many people are asking what will happen in the north of Ireland with the peace in shreds. It is almost unbelievable that over 90 percent of the people voted for peace on both sides of the border and still all the efforts made to put an end to the killings has waned. The whole world has been joyful at the end to the struggles and hardships endured over the past 30 years. Will the economy crack north and south and the obvious result, jobs closing by the thousands and flight once more. Whole families are now thinking of the U.S.A., Canada, Australia. Catholics and Protestants leaving the land they love. No one ever left Ireland for the first time without teams in their eyes and floods of them and always and forever the thoughts of going back home no matter how many years they are away - well please God, it won’ happen for this generation. So many people, good decent people, dead. So much mourning. One good hopeful sign happened at Omagh last Sunday. 10,000 people stood and prayed for the dead and hoped for a future peace. Thousands stood silent for one minute and in Gaelic, Spanish and English, they prayed for the dead and the relatives of the injured.

Tortured people are now sick with worry about their children. Twenty nine people died instantly as a result of the big bomb a year before on the 15th of August, a great Holy Day and Holiday with a fun fare all set up and Catholics and Protestants and Spanish kids died together with all others of various ages and church attachments. God help them.

We will always say peace is the better option and more prosperity for families left on the lower rung of this social ladder.

All we can do is pray for the innocent caught in the rotten trap which shows no other than to depart from their beloved country.

May they find a haven of peace and prosperity in their new lands.


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