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Why you don't have to be a unionist to respect centenary

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Nationalists should also recognise significance of anniversary

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Gesture of reconciliation: The Queen and Prince Philip are greeted by Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin in Dublin in 2011

Gesture of reconciliation: The Queen and Prince Philip are greeted by Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin in Dublin in 2011

Gesture of reconciliation: The Queen and Prince Philip are greeted by Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin in Dublin in 2011

This decade has been appropriately christened a Decade of Centenaries. However, we must bear in mind that one person's celebration of a centenary can be another person's humiliation. One community's celebration can be another community's horror story. What one community sees as a good wine, the other sees as a deadly poison.

Nonetheless, one person's commemoration can be another person's commemoration as well. Both people can participate in and appreciate - albeit differently - the historic event that is intrinsic to the commemoration.


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