Scarred by forced exodus of southern Protestants
LAST weekend I found myself in Cork at two family gatherings which left a good feeling behind. The first was a birthday bash for my brother Michael. The second was a gathering of Cork Protestants at a successful seminar called 'Understanding Our History -- Protestants, the War of Independence and the Civil War in County Cork'.
The seminar, which had a full house, was the brainchild of the popular Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross -- easily the best, as well as the best-titled, job in Ireland. Be back to Paul's People in a moment. First, let me give you a flavour of my own family gathering.
It included one of the bravest women on this planet, my first cousin, Sister Anne O'Halloran.