Healing through Remembering have established a day of reflection “as an inclusive and positive experience that emphasises a commitment to a peaceful new society”. In looking for an appropriate date, they did try to find a day when no one was killed during the Troubles, presumably so that no negative or positive inference could be taken. In fact there is no date throughout the year on which someone was not killed. The 21st June was chosen as the summer solstice, when the sun is at its height. We are open to suggestion as to how we might mark its passing here on Slugger, if at all.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty