In an ironic twist of language, most of you will know the term "We Ourselves" in it's Gaeilge form, Sinn Féin. If you still don't know, then the term "IRA" will be something you do recognise.
My family stem from two places, one side from Gipf-Oberfick, Aargau, Switzerland, once a Germanic, then Prussian domain. The other part being from Derry, Northern Ireland. It is the latter side of my family I have experienced many losses since my birth, many I did not know, but my cousin Sean and uncle Lorcan I loved dearly, lost to what my Grandfather and Grandmother, and all Irish, call "The Troubles".
An Irishman reading this will know from my blog already that I am Irish Catholic, specifically from my use of the name "Derry" rather than the British name "Londonderry" as seen on most modern maps. Apart from the bleedingly obvious reference to Sinn Féin.
The point of this blog is just to applaud Martin McGuinness on supporting the St Andrews Agreement and placing our voice into an era in history where we do not have to take lives and have ours taken just to be heard. It will be a long journey yet before we see a united Ireland, but I believe this is the first step to heal old wounds, even if the scars remain.
I don't usually like to get into politics but this is something that hits close to me. I'm interested to see what Kev and Donny say about this having probably more immediate family and friends there, I'm interested to see how it affects others and if they have any faith in this change. Anyway, pour the next guinness