The Ardoyne Conflict

Twaddell protesters in Ardoyne had a choice Everyone knows that the choices we make determine our future. This was the case at the beginning of the twentieth century when Ulster men and women chose to oppose Home Rule and later chose to join the Crown Forces to defeat Hitler’s rape of Europe. They were positive choices, which produced a positive

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John Mitchel and the Orange connection

Dear Sir, I read with interest the article “Drumcree: unlikely setting for a republican love story” (BT 28th August) While interesting in that Dumcree Church is associated with the parading dispute this story has a much more interesting angle which you readers might appreciate. Jane (Jenny) Verner was one of eight daughters of Sir William Verner of Churchill, County Armagh

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The Irish Association and the Ulster Covenant

Where sectarianism festers goodwill is always needed A body formed 75 years ago to promote better north-south relations is as relevant today as it ever was, says Brian Kennaway This year, we saw the 14th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement being celebrated. Northern Ireland’s agreed governance is firmly in place and, if policymaking is still proving a challenge to inexperienced

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Orangemen and Mass

Dear Sir, May I be permitted to correct the statement by both Barry McCaffery and Clair Simpson (Irish News 15/8/08) that the Orange Institution was being challenged to change a “200-year-old ban”, which prevents Orangemen attending Catholic churches? The ban is in fact not as old as that. This addition to the ‘Qualifications of an Orangeman’ was adopted by the

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