Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Bigotry would shame Irish icons

Alan Murray (Write Back, September 11) was, of course, correct in pointing out that Presbyterians contributed to the building of St Patrick’s church and St Mary's in Belfast.

He might also have added, for the benefit of the people we saw engaged in sectarian coat-trailing behind the Henry Joy McCracken band, that Henry Joy and his friend Wolfe Tone would have had no time for their Catholic, nationalist bigotry.

Indeed, as one of Tone's biographers, Marianne Elliott, has observed, “he would have seen the papacy as the incarnation of evil in whose dethronement he saw the emancipation of mankind from religious superstition.”

JAMIE HOPE

Belfast

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