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Bloody Sunday: Unjustified and Unjustifiable

Tues 06/15.10 – British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the UK Parliment in regards to Lord Saville’s report on Bloody Sunday.

Ah, Ireland, you break my heart, but today I am greatly heartened on your behalf. It is truly extraordinary in the true sense of the word to have a conservative prime minister to apologize to the people of Northern Ireland.
“What happened should have never ever happened.”
“On behalf of our government, indeed of our country, I am deeply sorry.”
Thank you, Mr. Cameron. Thank you, Lord Saville and all the investigators and staffers of the report commission. Thank you to all of the witnesses, survivors, families, officials, army folk, and others who gave testimonies and interviews for this matter to be parsed out.
The Saville Report
News, Video, & Commentary:
BBC : Bloody Sunday report published
The New York Times : Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’
Video of Cameron’s Apology For ‘Bloody Sunday,’ and Footage From 1972
The Irish Times : “On behalf of our country I am deeply sorry” – British prime minister David Cameron
The Guardian : Bloody Sunday report: 38 years on, justice at last
Making Light : “Both unjustified and unjustifiable”
Metafilter : After 38 years, the truth

Happy St. Brigid’s Day!

Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well

All photos taken by Ms. Jen on Feb. 4, 2006 with her Casio Xlim40
digital camera at the ‘newSt. Brigid’s Well in Kildare, Ireland.

Yeah! This weekend is the time for my two favorite, highly under-appreciated holidays! St. Brigid’s Day today and Ground Hog’s Day / Candlemas tomorrow!
Go out and celebrate the transitioning of winter-spring and the increasing daylight by giving your local Ground Hog a big kiss… ;o)
A prayer:

Everliving God, we rejoice today in the fellowship of your blessed servant Brigid, and we give you thanks for her life of devoted service. Inspire us with life and light, and give us perseverance to serve you all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, world without end.

Even More Blue Sky Showed Up Today…


… for at least 15 minutes. I even needed sunglasses during those 15 minutes. Given that I left my sunglasses in my car in SoCal, I should be glad that the big dark heavy rain laden clouds returned promptly.
Today was Mom and I’s last full day in Ireland for this trip. We ventured southwest from Letterkenny to Glenties and then down the N-56 to the N-14 via Donegal town to Sligo. Most of the drive was lovely. The above photo was taken on the small, one lane road to St. John’s Point.
While in the Sligo area, we visited the Creevykeel Goort Cairn, Strandhill Beach with surfers (to quote one after Mom asked after the water temps, “It is feckin freezing!”), and then off to Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs just before sunset.
The sky was completely dark by 4:30pm and we were off down the N-4 to Dublin. Tomorrow we fly back to the UK for the last week of the trip.

A Wee Bit of Clear Sky

Mon 11.19.07 – Today Mom & I drove from Donegal to Omagh to go to the Ulster American Folk Park. About 2/3 of the way through the park, the clouds cleared a bit to give a view of blue sky. Photo taken on the ‘Pennsylvania’ side of the park, thus the log cabin.
After a lovely early dinner at the Sperrin Restaurant on the A-5 just south of the Folk Park, we drove to Letterkenny in Donegal for the night. Tomorrow is Donegal and Sligo.