Ar Ábhar na mBratacha / On the Subject of Flags

B’fhéidir go bhfuil a fhios ag daoine cheana féin, ach ar eagla na heagla, ba mhaith liom an t-eolas seo a roinnt libh fán choinspóid atá ar siúl i mBéal Feirste le déanaí… ní fhaca muid aon agóidí nuair a bhí muid thuas ansin, buíochas le Dia, ach is dealraimh go bhfuil teannas i láthair sa chathair, cinnte.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20651163

Ní as an Tuaisceart mé agus, dá bharr sin, níl taithí agam leis na trioblóidí nó na cathuithe troma atá lárnach i mBéal Feirste go dtí an lá atá inniu ann. B’fhéidir nach chóir domh mo bhreithiúnas a thabhairt ar an ábhar seo, ach ó mo dheirceadh féin agus ó mo thaithí teoranta an domhain, nuair a amharcaim ar na hagóidí seo, cuireann sé an-fhearg orm agus bím ag iarraidh na daoine seo a chroitheadh agus a rá ‘cad é faoi Dhia atá sibh ag déanamh?! Cad chuige a bhfuil tú ag cruthú an oiread míshuaimhnis sin, nuair atá daoine ag iarraidh a bheith ag maireachtáil sa síocháin amháin? Nach féidir libh bhur ndifríochtaí agus bhur bhfuath a chur ar taobh agus a bheith ag obair le chéile?’ Ach ansin, is cuimhin liom nach raibh Comhaontú Aoine an Chéasta ach 15 bliana ó shin… is dháth ar bith an méid ama sin do dhaoine a chaith blianta agus blianta le mímhuinín, foiréigean, fuath, agus eagla ina gcuid saolta. Tá súil as agam go mbeidh na glúine níos sine ag teacht ar bhealach le bheith ag obair le chéile ar son na nglúine níos óige, daoine atá ag iarraidh a bheith beo go síochánta le chéile le fírinne, is dealraimh, agus go mbeidh siad uilig ábalta na mothúcháin eagla a chur ar taobh chun an sprioc sin a bhaint amach.

Ag seoladh smaointe grá agus síocháin chuaigh uilig,

Amanda

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Perhaps you all know what’s going on in Belfast lately, but just in case, I wanted to share this information with you. We didn’t see any protests when we were up there, thank goodness, but it was apparent how much tension was in the air around the city, for sure.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20651163

I’m not from Northern Ireland so I don’t come from the heavy turmoil and historical conflict that is so prevalent in Belfast to this day. But from my own perspective and somewhat limited world-experience, I can’t help but look at these protests and be very angry at the people involved, wanting to shake them and say ‘What are you doing?! Why are you creating so much unrest when what everybody wants is to live in peace?! Can’t you put the hate and differences of the past behind you and move forward together?’ But then I realize that the Good Friday Agreement and the first steps towards a peaceful living in Northern Ireland only occurred 15 years ago, which for people who had decades of mistrust, violence, hatred, and fear in their lives is nothing. I only hope that for the sake of the new generation of people who live in Belfast and the North, who seem to be truthfully wishing for a peaceful existence between all parties involved, the older generations find a way to work towards that vision and are able to put their feelings of fear aside.

Sending you all thoughts of love and peace,

Amanda

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