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Living in exile... for love: Couples who married across the religious divide in NI and were forced to move overseas

Couples who married across the religious divide in Northern Ireland and were forced to move overseas tell their stories in a poignant new book. Claire O'Boyle talks to them

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Happy couple: Derek and Winifred at their wedding back in 1971

Happy couple: Derek and Winifred at their wedding back in 1971

Family excursion: Derek, Winifred and their children, Matthew, Christopher and Evelyn on a day out together

Family excursion: Derek, Winifred and their children, Matthew, Christopher and Evelyn on a day out together

Big day: Mark and Angela celebrate their 22nd anniversary

Big day: Mark and Angela celebrate their 22nd anniversary

Happy couple: Derek and Winifred at their wedding back in 1971

While much progress has been made in Northern Ireland, people right around the world are still feeling the life-changing effects of the Troubles.

Among them are the many couples who felt forced to flee the place they called home simply because they fell in love with someone from a different background.

Now Exiles in Love, a new book from the Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association written and edited by Paul McLaughlin, is sharing some of their heart-wrenching stories.