Two fingers from Belfast: A centuries-old culture of dissent

From Mary Ann McCracken to George Best, dissent runs in the city's blood

In the middle of the last decade of the 18th century, half a dozen young men met on Cave Hill, overlooking the town (as it still was) of Belfast and swore an oath to unite all the people of Ireland, Catholic, Protestant – that is to say, Established Church Protestant – and Dissenter, which for Ireland then and for Belfast in particular was synonymous with Presbyterian.

Four of the six (the exceptions were Wolfe Tone and Thomas Russell) were themselves Presbyterian. Religious and...
source: Irish Times

2019-01-12 23:49
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