The Irish way of death celebrated

Katherine Butler has contributed a very touching piece to the Indy commending the Irish way of death, compared to death as the last English taboo. This is one area where the twin cultures differ, perhaps because of the earlier English retreat from religion. Will the Irish follow and lose touch with  death eventually?  Even if Protestants tend not to observe the full three fold  ritual favoured by Catholics,  they still owe a lot to it whether they realise it or not..I’ve …

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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 …

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