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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  • Big Maggie

    “Our local Church of Ireland curate has bravely turned up, knowing that some of his congregation will shun him.”

    Why would they do that, because he’s behaving as a Christian should?

    What an odd place Northern Ireland is.

  • Brian

    You know what is fracturing the British state? The fact that their football team has once again proven to be highly overrated.

    Wayne “Waaah don’t boo me” Rooney.

    They will tie Slovenia and come back home. I love it. Every 4 years their fans think they have some dominant team only to find out otherwise.

  • dwatch

    ” You know, these people will never join the northern State again”

    Can anyone explain why the good people of Derry are so keen to win the “UK City of culture” when they are so against becoming part of a UK British state? http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/feb/24/uk-city-of-culture-finalists