John Hume: his soul goes marching on

This blog first appeared in the Andersonstown News Every death is a tragedy: the departure of any man or woman leaves a hole in the lives of those who loved them. But when someone of John Hume’s stature dies, it feels like the loss not just of a national treasure but of someone akin to a national parent. John Hume was never […]

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Beirut emergency appeal by Fra Hughes

I have been asked by friends in Lebanon to highlight the following appeal. Civic society leaders in Beirut are calling for aid in the aftermath of the hugely destructive explosion in Beirut on August 4. Those in a ‘position to help, can alleviate the suffering of those in a position of need’. This humanitarian crisis […]

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Do unionists ponder the big picture?

When I worked with teachers, one of the great problems in developing their abilities was the pace of life in schools. When you were scrabbling to fill out yet another form, make contact with little Johnny’s mother and get lessons prepared for next week or even next  Monday, it was difficult to find time to […]

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Are there different levels of guilt?

On  8 November 1987, a bomb went off in Enniskillen, killing ten civilians and one policeman attending a Remembrance Sunday event. The IRA said it was their bomb but the intended target had been British soldiers parading to the memorial. On 23 October 1993,  a bomb went off in a fish shop in Belfast’s Shankill […]

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DIALOGUE vs DIATRIBE by Donal Kennedy

John Hume, a man of courage and conviction recognised both qualities in Republicans and chose dialogue with Sinn Fein. Hume was already a big man, but he exposed most “respectable” nationalist and “respectable” Cathoilc spokesmen/women, North and South in Ireland, as pygmies, and some merely as pigs. I remember Bishop Cahal Daly saying he wanted […]

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John Hume: landmark figure in Irish peace accord – by John Patton

Pioneer of the Irish Credit Union Movement, Member of Parliament at Stormont, Westminster and the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Nobel Laureate, winner of the International Gandhi and Martin Luther King Peace prizes, Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory The Great (KCSG) Born: January 18th, 1937 Died: August 3rd, 2020 _____________________________________________________ Poverty shaped much […]

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