Thursday 18 October 2018

Living behind the Emerald

A report this week highlighted the alienation felt by many in Protestants in the Republic's Border counties. Justine McCarthy reports from Monaghan

On the wooden announcements board outside the Gospel Hall, writ large in gold letters that glow in the early summer sunshine as small children's recitations undulate on the breeze, is an injunction from Romans 6.23: "The wages of sin is DEATH but the gift of GOD is eternal life."

In Monaghan town and its pastoral skirtfolds, it is unlikely those who worship in any of the nine different Christian Churches would dispute that fundamental doctrine. Those most apt to demur are the non-believers, so that here - within sight of the border - the most visible sectarian divide is not between Catholic and Protestant but between religiosity and secularism.

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