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Bleck Cra
2011-06-20 23:53:35
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THE WILD FRONTIER
I have a customer in the North. She would be described by enlightened Northern Catholics as a “Protestant Lady”, by others as one of “them’uns” and by Protestants of a different hue as a “Wee P”. A Presbyterian. Her views on Ireland are educated, erudite, informed and outrageous. One getting a blustery airing at the moment comes from the wardrobe of widows’ weeds she wears in mourning for the death of Protestant Ireland in the eyes of the media, the movies, history and America. This view unfolds as follows: on his lunchbreak stop in Moneygall, American President Barack Obama chose to visit neither the local church of his ancestor nor the graveyard. How so - and she answers. “Because Obama’s Irish heritage is of course Protestant.” Is she right then – when we remember Davy Crocket, Kit Carson, Mark Twain, James Stewart, Stonewall Jackson, Arnold Palmer and umpteen American Presidents that we forget they all come from the Irish Protestant tradition?
At the foot of imposing Meall Garbh on the Ben Lawers Group ridge, above a heavenly Loch Tay in the Southern Scottish Highland, he came over the rise. His eyes were bright as diamonds; they sparkled like the dew. “That is a fine afternoon” he proposed and we talked; I in my Galloway-come-Belfast bastard brogue and he in his immaculate Tennessee. “Your ancestors and mine were probably related,” I eventually suggested "– and Protestants?” “Indeed Sir they probably were. Why, my mother was a Sullivan.” And he said this like a Protestant Sullivan was the most natural thing in the world.
Meall Garbh rises like its mad sister, An Stuc and their big brother, Ben Lawers, directly from Lochan nan Cat, all of whom hover haughtily over limitless Loch Tay. Today Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane and other interesting revelations.
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