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How shameful that couples who fall in love across the divide in Northern Ireland still face vile hatred

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'Even today, in the 21st century, marrying someone from "the other side" can still bring trouble.'

'Even today, in the 21st century, marrying someone from "the other side" can still bring trouble.'

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'Even today, in the 21st century, marrying someone from "the other side" can still bring trouble.'

In 1910 a young couple called Agnes and Alexander McCann and their two small children were living in Belfast. Theirs was what we call today a mixed marriage. Agnes, a Protestant, and Alexander, a Catholic, had married two years previously in a Presbyterian church.

But Alexander had come under pressure from his parish priest, who informed him that the pair were living in sin and insisted they should be married in a Catholic Church.

Agnes, however, saw herself as legally married and refused to go through a second ceremony.