Or­ange marches not im­por­tant

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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