Susan McKay: History dies hard as factions against peace agreement gain momentum
THERE was Easter snow in the North in 1998, and there is Easter snow again in 2013. It is 15 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
Though years of graft had gone into the Peace Process, the event still seemed miraculous. There was a moving "once in a lifetime" sense that "hope and history rhymed".
Today, Seamus Heaney's marvellous lines have been so overused as to sound cliched, and there is a grim sense that the transformative moment melted away as fast as the snow.