2001-05-05 / Columnists

Meet The Irish by Harry McGuirk

We apologize for no column last week but we were attending Saint James Church where the relics if Saint Theresa were on display. What a beautiful day it was. The arrival of the relics were met by Father Murphy and a large group of Carmelites along with a number of stewarts. Everyone was so cordial.

As the coffin arrived it was met by the clergy and stewarts. In the background the beautiful song Saint Theresa of the Roses played. Then there was a beautiful Liturgy.

Susan Marcie’s legs have been acting up lately. It might be the weather here.

The story about Kevin Barry and his comrades is very important. All around the world the patriotic Irish gather. They sing about Kevin Barry. A not so patriotic woman pointed out where he was hiding (under a bakery van) to British soldiers in Ireland who were at war with the Irish population. He was 18 years old and died like a soldier. He was a student, a rugby player, a saint to the Irish. "Do not hang me like a dog," he told the British. "Shoot me like a soldier."

Margie and I had the honor of being right up front where we approached the coffin and had our roses and other relics blessed.

The music was beautiful. The prayers were said for all of you. We were overwhelmed with joy.

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