The life and legacy of Seamus Mallon

“Never think you’re betraying your own community by seeking to understand and respect and accept those of a different tradition. I urge you, all of you who are called to the noble vocation of politics to have the courage to be leaders in the cause of peace, reconciliation and justice. Those who resort to violence always claim that only violence brings about change. You politicians must prove them to be wrong. You must show that peace achieves the works of justice and violence does not.”

Pope John Paul 1979 – Drogheda

The funeral mass of Seamus Mallon former SDLP deputy leader and former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland took place today in Armagh. He played a central role in the landmark events in Ireland. Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin hailed his contribution to the peace process. “He was a great, fair and principled leader. A true peacemaker, a bridge-builder, a statesman and a peace-maker for the Kingdom of God.”

I’m grateful for the eight years I spent in school in Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. I made good friendships in Markethill and Richhill.

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

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