A Canadian expat writes…
Over the past seven days, I have received many uplifting letters and messages of support. It seems to me it might be nice to share. Here’s Earl from Canada.
As an expat from Belfast, now living in Canada for almost 50 years, I find it deplorable and sickening to see what is now happening in my native city. You are absolutely correct in stating “our visitors will have been saddened by the scenes of hatred and mayhem on our streets during the Games”. You are also correct in saying that the vast, vast majority of the citizens of Belfast love their city. I believe it is a very small faction that is still keeping this dilemma on going.
I try to keep up with current affairs in Ireland and my wife (also Irish) and I visit parents and relatives at least once a year. We have been doing this since 1969, with and without our children even through the worst of the Troubles. We have always found the people of Ireland from all backgrounds very loving, helpful and full of mirth, regardless of the conditions they have had to endure. So it still won’t deter us from coming back to visit.
I also believe you have a difficult and troublesome task ahead of you and can only extend my sincere encouragement and support to you, in absentia, in bringing this unfortunate situation to some sort of resolution.
Good luck in your future endeavors.
Earl McComb and Family