Sunday Independent Curious Statement of the Week June 8, 2014Posted by guestposter in Irish History.
Not much time, and Garibaldy is on leave – so any contributions gratefully accepted, but this from Eoghan Harris was a bit odd. In the course of remembering Sir John Gorman, famously a prominent Catholic Unionist, he notes that:
The 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings reminds me that I had the honour of conversing at length with one of its legendary heroes, Sir John Gorman, who died a few weeks ago. Coming from a well-off farming family in County Tipperary, Gorman was born, reared and remained a Roman Catholic all his life. Brought up in Northern Ireland he also remained that rarity, a Catholic moderate unionist, respected by all sides.
During the Provo campaign Gorman was an active agent in the battle against terrorism. But when I met him in 1999 he was a warrior for peace. He strongly supported David Trimble’s struggle for a Yes vote in the referendum following the Good Friday Agreement and later became the much-loved Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
John Gorman spent his long life in the service of democracy and freedom, both in Normandy and Northern Ireland. To my mind he was a greater Irish patriot than any of the IRA gunmen who came out of Tipperary. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.
As noted in comments in the Sunday Independent below the piece by one person.
Surely it would have been better to have left out sentence number 2 [in the paragraph quoted directly above] in the above tribute to John Gorman. The man stands on his own two feet and his record. Comparisons with people who participated in the War of Independence in Tipperary seems pointless considering John was not born then. It opens a debate on further comparisons – Cork, Roscommon, Clare, Dublin ?