Reading from the book of names…

Andy Pollack with a sober and sobre way (subs needed) to spend this Good Friday in Dublin:

…the congregation of the Dublin Unitarian Church in St Stephen’s Green reads out the names of the more than 3,500 people who have died as a result of the war there.

To anyone’s knowledge this annual act of commemoration on Good Friday, now in its seventh year, is the only religious service of its kind in Ireland. From midday until mid-afternoon, members of that church will solemnly read out the names of the dead. At noon they will start with Anthony Abbott, a soldier from Manchester shot dead by the IRA in Ardoyne, north Belfast in 1976, and at around three they will finish with William and Letitia Younger, an elderly Protestant man and his daughter, who were beaten, stabbed and shot by intruders in their home a mile further north in Ligoniel in 1980.

Chronologically, the sad litany will start with John Patrick Scullion, the first victim of the Troubles, a Catholic storeman shot by the UVF in June 1966 as he walked back to the house in the Falls Road area he shared with his blind father.

The most recent victims, more than 40 years later, were Edward Burns and Joey Jones, killed in Belfast last month in what was believed to be a feud between dissident republicans.

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  • Token Dissent

    A poignant, straight-forward and appropriate memorial. One which must be extremely moving to witness.

  • Yokel

    Simple, no grandstanding and equitable.

    I await a complaint or allegation of bias though…

  • Cormac

    As an on-off attendee of the Unitarian Universalist church in Dublin, I can attest to the complete sincerity and genuineness of Rev. Darlinson and his congregation.

    It’s a wonderful church and open to all.

  • Greenflag

    A sober reminder of what happens when politics and politicians fail . The Rev Darlinson and his congregation should be commended for their thoughtful reminder that behind every death there was a human being – a name – . and a grieving family .

  • jake

    first of all its andy pollak, not pollack and what the fuck is ‘sobre’ – would help if you learned to spell and write!

  • Cormac

    Nice to see Jake entering into the spirit of forgiveness, understanding and diplomatic wording.

    🙂

  • jp

    “, an elderly Protestant man and his daughter, who were beaten, stabbed and shot by intruders in their home a mile further north in Ligoniel ” The I.T. endorsing no claim no blame ?

  • Aaron McDaid

    What time will it be on Friday?

    I can’t find any mention of it on their website.

  • tony encircled a sol

    “Simple, no grandstanding and equitable.”

    This is something Willie Frazer should learn.