The Posse Comitatus 20

During Féíle an Earraigh I helped organise and attended a public meeting/discussion about the Ulster Covenant in Berry Street Presbyterian Church which involved  Gordon Lucy, Eamon Phoenix and Tom Hartley. The Posse Comitatus and members of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement from Dublin..Dail Eireann. Comhchoiste um Fhorfheidhmiu Aoine an Cheastathe were present.

I had personally asked my friend Gordon Lucy to speak, at the request of Danny Morrison. Gordon  has authored and edited a variety of publications on various aspects of Ulster history and culture, including The Ulster Covenant and The Great Convention: The Ulster Unionist Convention of 1892. He has contributed occasional articles to the News Letter (including a piece to mark the centenary of the formation of the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council  on 23rd January 2011) and a variety of other publications.

I have heard Gordon speak several times and had spent many pleasant hours in his company with Michael McCullough and Maynard Hanna of the Ulster-Scots Agency at the Milwaukie Irish Fest in Wisconsin last year. He certainly did not let me down and held his unionist ground with a mixed, but essentially nationalist, audience. Eamon Phoenix and Tom Hartley of The Posse Comitatus gave their own usual perspectives, the former nationalist and the latter republican, as one would expect.

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