Editor: Thank you for informing the public on Sept. 18 of the U.S. initiative on finding peace in my native land, so like the initiative of bringing together young persons of both major religions in the north of Ireland to enjoy peace here on this Island, far from the absurd delusion of superiority shown by the annual sectarian brouhaha in July (especially the 12th).
What many persons may not know is that the nonsense began and remains rooted in the establishment (by the British government of the day) of two Irelands in 1921.
Until that ill-conceived division, people of both traditions managed to get along fairly well. (In fact I myself always enjoyed watching the marching and the bands in my birthplace of Newry, County Down).
For whatever false reasoning, however, Ireland was divided and those of us became the enemy of our Protestant neighbours. But we never were, are not now, and never will be.
To my family, and me our Protestant neighbours were and are our fellow Irishmen and Irishwomen.
Would that all of us could acknowledge that inescapable fact and become, as the 1916 Proclamation calls us to hand to our descendants a land of peace as well as one of unsurpassed beauty.
I wish the Yanks well.