Aftermath of Bloody Sunday: The fracture with the British state…

Brian has a post over at Listenderry… it’s a great piece of recollection of some of the emotional events at the funeral…

Emerging from the church to the crowd outside, I exchange nods with Brian Friel. Our local Church of Ireland curate has bravely turned up, knowing that some of his congregation will shun him. I spot two Protestant funeral directors well known to me. They have been called in to supplement the burial effort. At least Derry’s undertakers recognise no sectarian boundary.

I walk down Central Drive with Frank Curran senior, local journalist extraordinaire, a man of almost Tridentine Catholic faith and deeply sane humanity, not given to extravagant political judgements. Aware that I know the other side of the city better he turns to me and says: ” You know, these people will never join the northern State again.” “But Frank,” I said: ” I understand, but where will they go?”

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