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When Dublin Trembled/3

Here is a note from my diary - May 2011

"It is not often that I am effusive about political events but having just watched HE President McAleese and HM Queen Elizabeth II address those assembled at the state dinner at Dublin Castle in the manner which they did, I was moved by what I heard.
We are all witnesses to a transformational and poignant moment in the history of these two islands - often at loggerheads.
Just imagine the queen spoke in Irish - surely that's a first?

"At a time like this, perhaps a quotation from St. Francis might be appropriate to complement the magnificent efforts of HM The Queen and HE Madam President:
'That where there is hatred, I may bring love,
'That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness,
'That where there is discord, I may bring harmony,
'That where there is error, I may bring truth,
'That where there is doubt, I may bring faith,
'That where there is despair, I may bring hope,
'That where there are shadows, I may bring light,
'That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.'

"With Northern Ireland in mind and the momentous advances over the past 15 years in overcoming several centuries of emnity that has bedivilled the political, social, cultural and religious landscape of the region, one can be more confident about the future in this part of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Perhaps, then this might serve as a possible 'blueprint of togetherness' thus helping to bring peace to warring factions and countries or regions in other parts of the world divided because of what President Bill Clinton called, 'the fear of the other'".  

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Touché, Nicholas. Touché. m

Touché, Nicholas. Touché. m

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Atlantic beckons

Mary thank you as always for taking the time to read what I've written and your pithy comment is gratefully acknowledged.

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So sorry, Nicholas – I've not

So sorry, Nicholas – I've not had time to visit The Red Room, recently (snowed under with work), so have onluy just read this.

As someone who lacks the knowledge and experience of that period and place in History, I always read your entries with geat interest.

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So little time and yet ....

Despite the pressures on your time, I appreciate you taking the trouble to read and comment on what I have attempted to say on the subject. All I'm trying to do is to tease out a universal theme from these personal experiences and reflections - a lesson I learned in Greece from a very astute and generous person when making a film for the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 1981 - but that's another story, as they say in Fingal. Thank you, Katia as it makes the act of creative writing so worthwhile.