A north Belfast pensioner has pleaded for compromise on Orange marches in Ardoyne after her husband’s funeral was disrupted by the annual Twelfth parade and violence which followed.
Former cross-community worker Marian Kane (62), from Estoril Park, who only buried her son Mark 20 days ago and lost two homes during the Troubles, says she has “had enough” and has been left “emotionally drained” after recent events.
Such is her frustration, she even interrupted a Press conference by Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly to voice her disgust at the impasse.
“Billy died on Friday so we had to bury him on the Twelfth,” she said.
“He would have turned 65 on Saturday and had a long-term illness and to be honest we were all still devastated at losing our son.
“We had to move the Mass to an earlier time and take a long route to the chapel because of the march.
“There was a special event after the funeral for Billy at a local club but I just could not settle because I knew things were going to kick off.
“When the violence started, it was the first time a lot of the people visiting had ever seen anything like it.
“They were scared and some of them left straightaway, they couldn’t stay with us. My children had to leave and my 85-year-old mother was terrified.
“I wanted to celebrate Billy’s life but it cast a shadow over the whole day.
“The whole thing was rushed, we planned to have a coach and horses pulling the coffin but we had to scrap that, and then the whole day ended in violence.”
Marian added: “I did cross community work for years but I look at my children and my 14 grandchildren and I worry, it is just going on and on and on.
“People think it is only Orangemen walking past the shops for five minutes twice in the day but the truth is we are locked in here, all day.”