Belfast Telegraph

Priest streets ahead after Shankill museum donation

Editor's Viewpoint

It is a fascinating piece of social history, how four Catholic priests who nursed Protestants during a cholera outbreak in Belfast in the 19th century were honoured by having streets named after them. The irony was that these streets were in the Shankill Road area.

But the follow-up is even more astonishing. Two priests went on to the Shankill during the darkest days of the Troubles and removed the street nameplates before they were about to be lost in redevelopment.

One of them, now rebel cleric Bishop Pat Buckley, will today hand two of the signs to a Shankill museum. He deserves credit for preserving an unlikely heritage.

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