As you can see even those who have been inconvenienced for nearly eight hours have given a good farewell. Eight years ago, Bertie Shaw's father was murdered by the UFF who claimed he was a member of Sinn Fein, a claim rejected by both his family and the RUC. Depends what you mean. I would be very disappointed if that is the case. Of that I have no doubt, but the suggestion it's centrally directed and controlled by that organisation would, I think, be a misrepresentation. With a young son of their own, the death of the Quinn children in Ballymoney was never far from their thoughts. Willie Cameron (UDP): I would go back to Seacourt providing there was peace in Seacourt naturally, but I think mediation needs to take place here. There were certain threats made then about burning us out, my family, and threats to kill, which I reported to the to the RUC. James Gribben says he left Larne because he lost faith in politicians to be able to solve the town's problems. "This is a daily occurrence which is happening throughout the town week in week out. What it does look like is British, rather than the Irish style. The early coastal dwellers are thought to have had a sophisticated culture which involved trading between the shores of the North Channel and between other settlements on the coasts of Scotl… Larne is classified as a Large Town by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency ... 26.2% were from a Catholic background and 70.7% were from a Protestant background. I was in some pain there, you see. Canon Molloy said there was still great pride among the Catholic community in Larne. David Ervine MLA (PUP): The Shaw family have lived in Larne for three generations. There are no no-go areas for the police, yet Larne is, for some, a by-word for sectarianism, and in recent months tensions have heightened. The RUC says 53 of those attacks were against Catholic families, and 35 against Protestant. Martin Wilson (SDLP): I had Protestant friends when I was growing up but now if you see a group of young men they're either all Catholic or all Protestant.". I believe that there is also a campaign by some young loyalists of retaliating to that violence, and I believe we see it played out in the streets of Larne and different parts of Northern Ireland every night, and its going to go on until some person gets killed and I'm asking for it to stop. Roy Beggs MP (Archive footage from 1995): That does not mean that there are no Catholics/Catholic churches here. The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday confirmed that the Minister, Mr Cowen, has requested his officials to meet local representatives in the town. Belonging to one of these would not make you Protestant. In Seacourt, efforts are being made to soothe the confrontational combination of religion and personalities. The Larne Local Government District had a population of 32,180 in 2011. Attacks Hit Catholic, Protestant Targets - Los Angeles Times A pile of rocks on the shore-side of the road at Ballygally marks the remains of one of the Ó Gnímh family homes, "Cairncastle" (not to be mixed up with Cairncastle village, which is a little further up in the hills). yes - the UDa has quite a few Catholic members in Larne - they are the dreghs of the society there and use it as a cover for their criminality. That is a top priority. I don't know why anybody would want to become involved in terrorism of any description. Larne and loyalism have been inextricably linked for generations; from the Clyde Valley bringing in guns for the UVF 90 years ago, It’s a question that’s been asked for hundreds of years: are the Catholics or Protestants right? John Shaw (describing the bomb attack): Bertie Shaw: Canon Molloy said there was still great pride among the Catholic community in Larne. Not all Protestants are unionists, and not all Catholics are nationalist. The woman, who lives in a mainly Protestant area of the town, has been attacked before. However, a local priest, Canon Archie Molloy, caused controversy over recent days when he said he could not tell families whose homes were being attacked to stay on in the town. Protestants dispute the Catholic doctrine based on passages such as these: Matthew 12:46-47 [46] While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. I don't think that the finger can be pointed in a single direction. There is still family here, but it will never be home. Suppose they have to talk to these thugs, as I would call them as well, I mean I personally don't agree that they should talk to them, but, they have to talk to them, somebody has to give in somewhere. Once we've done that, if the facts themselves disclose that an officer has, for example, assaulted someone, if the evidence is there, then we will put that evidence in file with a recommendation to the Director of Public Prosecutions, that police officer be prosecuted. The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy, #1) by Adrian McKinty. Reporter: However, a separate forensic report commissioned by the defence had a markedly different conclusion. Most of the ones who are involved, and as I say, there are not that many, but most of ones that are involved come from mixed marriages and some of them from single parent families and I wouldn't say they are Mass-going Catholics or anything. The famous Bernadette Devlin used to say: "Keep your head as low as a Larne Catholic". Adele Shaw (wife of John Shaw): The perception of Larne is often that of a solidly Protestant, unionist town. Mr O'Connor is concerned the two recent attacks were on homes in the town centre. The SDLP representative for the area, Mr Danny O'Connor, has kept a dossier of sectarian incidents over the last two years. Apart from recent weeks, it hasn't just been going on this 30 odd years, and because I stick my head above the pulpit I've become a hate figure for the loyalist bigots in Larne. This test was prepared by Dr. J. Ronald Blue for use in conjunction with his course on Roman Catholicism at Dallas Theological Seminary. Well, I think that it's having that effect, whether it's a concerted campaign, hard to tell. With the help of police he was able to extinguish it. Jack McKee (DUP): One particular Catholic family has been the target of repeated violent attack. Neighbour has turned against neighbour and homes have become fortresses against attack. If you look at the figures you will see that the voting patterns ar4e a virtual mirror for the religious headcount. John Shaw: Nuala O'Loan: Reporter: These people are trying to take it away from us. Yes the finger has been pointed, which is wrongly pointed, and maybe in the next few weeks, with the operations that the RUC are planning to throw up to stop these pipe bombing attacks, maybe they will be able to do their job and then decide where it is actually coming from, with hard evidence. Things like assaults, cars being damaged, windows broken, the odd petrol bomb and now pipe-bombs are going on continually, and nothing is being done about it," said Mr William McCambridge, who escaped the attack with his wife and four children. First, there is no separate “race” who might be described as the “Northern Irish people”. Their home was attacked with nail bomb, petrol bomb, and crossbow and they've now left Larne. Jan 11, A few weeks later, William defeated the Catholic English King James II in This is Protestant country, mind you, but Carrickfergus, now a city of. John Shaw fought (boxed) for Northern Ireland in the 1982 Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze medal, but he and his family have experienced far more danger outside the ring. Anne Carson: Catholic families, unable or unwilling to move out, are forced to live under the constant threat of loyalist violence and repeated sectarian attack. "It is as well they go and we suggest they seek help from the authorities. Download this stock image: Twelfth of July Protestant Order March in Larne Northern Ireland - BEWB36 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. I have to say when the RUC came out to interview me I was quite amazed that the constable concerned told me that not everybody would be offended by these flags. There are 125 entries in this category, representing 54% of groups. Yes, I think, pipe bombs don't grow on trees and they're being manufactured, not just manufactured around Larne, they are being manufactured in various other parts of Northern Ireland as well and are being used, and they don't happen by accident. Mixed marriages are commonplace, Catholics and Protestants live side by side. In different circumstances, this location would be the stuff of estate agents' dreams. The majority of the attacks appear to have been against the Catholic community and I think we would have to look at the two main loyalist paramilitary groupings in Larne - obviously the UDA and UVF. This is Willie Cameron, one of the new leaders of loyalism. Transcripts (and some digitised images) of Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parochial registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, for the pre-1900 period, are available free of charge on www.irishgenealogy.ie. You can see again the Antiville young militants, UFF marking out their territory around the shops. Danny O'Connor is the local SDLP representative at Stormont. Reporter: I lost everything. Reporter: We've had 30 years of murder, death and destruction - and I believe that people now see that violence has paid. The majority of attacks in recent months have occurred in the Seacourt Estate and both Catholics and Protestants have been targeted. But three months later he and his partner were charged with arson - accused of setting fire to their own house. "Welcome to Loyalist Larne" emblazoned on a bridge outside the town yesterday is a reminder that little has changed. A dossier detailing recent attacks on Catholic families in Larne has been given to the Dublin government's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen. The Brennen family was Protestant throughout its known history. Michael Voris interviews author Shane Schaetzel "Catholicism for Protestants" is out of print. Supt Karen Kennedy : Test yourself and see. Reporter: Reporter: It follows that an unknown ancestor either changed his faith or changed his … can now be found in his new book: "Are Catholics Christian: A Guide to Evangelical Questions about the Catholic Church." On Tuesday a mother and her son escaped when a device exploded in the living room of their house on Laharna Avenue. The Northern state was one where the Protestant majority was in power and treated the Catholic minority as a threat, thus realising the fears of that community. The town had two high schools: one from each ‘side’. However, all of the contents of Shane's original book (and more!) St. Cedma's Parish Church. Often, conflicts that we think of as religious, turn out to be, when we look more closely, about much more than just people’s spiritual beliefs. Being able to take my children to the park, just being able to live side by side in a peaceful town. The oldest church in Larne is the St. Cedma's Church, the local Anglican or Church of Ireland parish church. And I don't think it should be taking place. He was a happy child but now he just wants to stay indoors. And he himself has had his house burned, pipe bombed, and he's been assaulted, shot, and stabbed. A deaf Catholic woman in Larne, Co Antrim is moving home after an attack by loyalist paramilitaries. One Catholic man is currently facing charges relating to the UDA murder of a UVF man. Reporter: We are all one. Reporter: I'm not sure if it's widespread or if it happens to everybody but you know it's more a suggestion rather than actually telling you don't be pressing charges, but you know, the suggestion is there that it could be a dangerous thing to do. For some of the town's residents little has changed in generations and the phrase of the past "keep your head as low as a Larne Catholic" is as relevant today. Read more about this topic: Larne. But James Gribben and his partner Louise, no longer see the attraction. (Historically, the action in Irish Catholic-Protestant marriages was for the girls to be brought up with the mother's religion, and the boys with the father's. The Larne Local Government District had a population of 32,180 in 2011. They will take a note of what's happened but they are not taking complaints statements from clients and without them taking those statements there is no obligation on the police to investigate the matter. Writer Angeline King, from Larne, was intrigued when a friend told her that Protestants didn't take part in Irish dancing. Sectarian tensions have spilled over into another wave of attacks on families in the County Antrim town of Larne. This town could, perhaps, have been a model for Northern Ireland society as a whole. But in other cases, an orchestrated campaign by the UDA to drive them out of the town. There is no “them” and no “us” just people. Reporter: The arson charge is one of six, none of which has led to a conviction. He's charged with two attempted murders and under the conditions of his bail, is prevented from entering his home town. If people would use the security forces in the proper way and give information in to the police it would stop all this instead of bringing this town into a sectarian town. During that time the police have kept a constant observation on him and his whereabouts and his movements and in fact when each case reached the trial stage, either he was acquitted at the direction of the judge or the Crown offered no evidence. Among the most influential are Councillor James McKee, Dr Paisley's right hand man in Larne. I’m not sure if this is because it was it was built later, or because Larne was very much a Unionist town. In other towns, estates like this would be an attractive place to live. The fact is that the UDP has no representation in Larne or in the south east Antrim area, any longer because those within the party have opposed the Agreement, and decided to go a different direction. The first serious attack on the family was four years ago when a bomb, attached to their van, exploded. The Roman Catholic parish of Larne is surrounded, or touched on, by the following R.C. Ordinary, decent Protestants should be aware they'll not be content with driving Catholics out, they'll want rid of everyone who doesn't agree with their views. After all, she'd been a keen dancer since childhood. So I sat it out for about six months, and in the end I had to move - because I had to think of my children and the family and also still live here. yes - the UDa has quite a few Catholic members in Larne - they are the dreghs of the society there and use it as a cover for their criminality. The coastal area around Larne has been inhabited for millennia, and is thought to have been one of the earliest inhabited areas of Ireland, with these early human populations believed to have arrived from Scotland via the North Channel. Martin Wilson: The town's MP is Roy Beggs, who also answered the loyalist call in Larne in 1995 when he obstructed police and traffic on a main road. In reality, there have been attacks on the Roman Catholic community from those who call themselves loyalists. Paul Farrell (Solicitor): That does not mean that there are no Catholics/Catholic churches here. Maybe I’m getting wiser but I’ve come to see very little value in flags, labels and categories. Reporter: The Equality Commission has advised the council that the Ulster flag is an emblem of sectarian significance and should not be flown but the MP, Roy Beggs, has accused them of bullying. Gary McMichael: Gary McMichael (UDP leader): So the level of sectarianism is not against simply one side of the community. He believes the UDA has orchestrated the attacks and is currently engaged in recruiting teenagers of 14-18 years. To the south on the Lisburn side the area has been almost entirely Protestant, and to the northern or city side the area is mainly but not totally Catholic. "This town is the most polarised that it's ever been. However, security walls, euphemistically called “peace lines”, still separate key Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods. "It would be entirely inappropriate for police to comment on criminal investigations relating to any individual in such a public forum. So we invited him to put his views to David Ervine. We have put together as many names and variations of names for each of the Roman Catholic Parishes of Co. Antrim with a list of ‘approximate’ dates that records are available for. We've come down into the Antiville estate. For information on recent communal conflicts in Northern Ireland, see the Troubles. That means that they were firmly on the side of UK/Protestant during the Troubles (and earlier). List Of Districts In Northern Irelandnational Identity – Wikipedia throughout Northern Ireland Map Catholic Protestant. I don't see where it can lead or serve any purpose for unionism or loyalism. The Brennen family was Protestant throughout its known history. Christianity is the main religion in Northern Ireland. There's good Protestant people out there too. But will the hopes of reconciliation ever translate into a new reality of a town safe for all? There is an attempt by some to create a chill factor for Protestants in Seacourt and I would totally condemn that . The number of Orthodox Christians in Northern Ireland is estimated at about 3000 followers. She describes herself as a loyalist and says her troubles started last summer when she objected to youths erecting tricolours outside her home after a local agreement that no flags would be flown in the estate. The census reports do not distinguish between Protestant and other non-Catholic Christian faiths. Sir Ronnie Flanagan (RUC Chief Constable): Reporter: The UDP in east Antrim have broken away from the party, in opposition to the Good Friday Agreement. I have no doubt that members of the UDA have been involved. Bizarrely, the prevalence of intermarriage and Catholics and Protestants living side by side, has led to a situation where there is evidence of Catholics being involved in loyalist paramilitary organisations. I’m not sure if this is because it was it was built later, or because Larne was very much a Unionist town. Larne (from Irish: Latharna, the name of a Gaelic terrority) is a seaport and industrial market town, as well as a civil parish, on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland with a population of 18,323 people in the 2008 Estimate. I had my daughter's wedding dress, I had my grand-daughter's, my eldest grand daughter's christening gown, that was handed down through the family. Evaluate each of the following ten paired statements and mark the one that you think best states a Protestant doctrinal position. We had no-one complained from any of the traders when we told them. I read in the papers the local papers and other papers that some of the councillors agree and some don't and some want to talk the different paramilitary groups. Download this stock image: Twelfth of July Protestant Order March in Larne Northern Ireland - BEWCPB from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Spotlight raised with the Police Ombudsman concerns that individuals within the nationalist community felt that some members of the police had discouraged them from bringing a prosecution. For Roy Beggs, Drumcree was a simple case of Protestant rights, but he views the problems of Larne today as more complex. So, after almost 50 pipe bombings across Northern Ireland this year, who is sanctioning the sectarianism? Reporter: Just weeks ago, the then Secretary of State, Peter Mandelson, visited the town. Download this stock image: Twelfth of July Protestant Order March in Larne Northern Ireland - BEWCPB from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Larne from Irish: Latharna, the name of a Gaelic territory) [3] [4] [5] Scots: Lairne is a seaport and industrial market town, as well as a civil parish, on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, with a population of 18,755 people at the 2011 Census. In recent weeks, this seems to have resulted in fewer serious incidents and has also led to the discovery of a pipe bomb factory. Larne from Irish: Latharna, the name of a Gaelic territory) Scots: Lairne is a seaport and industrial market town, as well as a civil parish, on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, with a population of 18,755 people at the 2011 Census.The Larne Local Government District had a population of 32,180 in 2011. Randal's descendants,the Lords of Antrim, reside at Glenarm Castle right down to the present day. That organisation itself could be described as lacking that sort of central direction and control. The strike committee, who've taken it upon themselves to run Larne, often meet in the local UDA drinking club. Reporter:Martin Wilson is the SDLP chairman in Larne. Basically we just want to be able to live in peace with both Catholic and Protestant communities. Catholic and Protestant families were experiencing night-time attacks sanctioned by the UDA: these included petrol bomb attacks, bricks through windows, beatings, and death threats 3. We have made appeals to the public, we have stressed that we can indeed deal with information in complete confidence. I personally believe that with the situation as it is in Larne that the police should be doing all that they can to assist the victims of this type of harassment to proceed by due criminal process and by encouraging them to make statements of complaint which will then lead to a police investigation. What has happened is that when incidents are reported to the police, they will send a uniformed team of officers up to the house or the property that has been attacked. But it marked the start of a catalogue of sectarian attacks and intimidation that still continues and has taken its toll on the entire family. Never be home. 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