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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, October 08, 2002
    Irish news - yesterday, today .... for ever??
     
    In anticipation of my Northern Ireland placement, coming round quite soon now, today I subscribed to the Irish News online. Just to get some picture of what's happening now. I'm under no illusions that by November I'll be fully informed. But I may have some reasonable questions formed by then.

    The first article I read was about a call to join in prayers for peace and reconciliation by St PeterÕs Church in Drogheda on Saturday October 12, a day of celebration for Oliver Plunkett, Òa tireless champion for peace and reconciliation and an ideal patron to adopt for peace in Ireland,Ó according to church spokesman Tommy Burns.

    This Plunkett sounds like someone I'd like to meet in my investigations into reconciliation in the NI context. Who is he? It turns out he is no more - but was a pastor at St PeterÕs, who was hanged, drawn and quartered in London following a trial for treason in 1681. Which reminds me of the failings in my first assumption: the 'now' in the question, "what's happening 'now' in Northern Ireland" has a very long lead-lag time......