Orange marches not important
I apologize for not having written sooner, but today's news about the annual unpleasantness in my native country deserves – I believe – some comment.
As one born in Newry, County Down, one of the six counties wrenched from the rest of Ireland because of religious intolerance, it depresses me to read of the continuing violence that accompanies the triumphalistic attitudes and actions which have resulted from the unfortunate division of Ireland in 1921.
Lest I seem to take sides against anyone, let me assure you that I – a "paipish get" - always enjoyed the parade of the "Loyal Brethern" through the streets of my native town, for we always got along well for the rest of the year (and even in July).
(Imagine, if you will, the effect on this island should one county be declared separate on equally foolish grounds, especially if such took place at the hands of someone from "away")!
So, my best wishes – as an Irishman who is a Catholic – to all the people of Ireland, on the "glorious twelfth," and likewise to all people of my adopted country. Colmán O'Hare, Charlottetown