Celtic's Irish heritage Should be embraced in Scotland

Just a short blog. I was listening to Derek Warfield of the Wolfetones on Over and Over tonight and he came across as a very open minded and inclusive guy.
This man has travelled the world but he articulated what a lot of us Celtic fans feel. Many of us have Irish blood in our veins stretching back to the great famine which drove many to the shores of Scotland and other parts of the UK. You will probably find if you are a descendent of an Irish migrant to these shores that your family tree will show that for centuries your ancestors have crossed the Irish sea both ways on many occasions over the centuries and before that like my family came from Scandinavia originally in centuries past.
Basically we are a race of mongrels mixed up between Nordic and Celtic blood. Now you don’t have to be Roman Catholic to have that type of bloodline but as Derek pointed out the Monarchy thus the state in the UK is sectarian. It has been set up for centuries to keep Roman Catholics not to be the head of state not even that the Priminister of the country. This is a historical fact that stretches back centuries before the act of Union.
Unfortunately for some reason Irish immigrants and their heritage are seen as a threat to the state a belief bolstered by the Grand Orange Order of Scotland who have members in positions of power and influence within Scotland. They don’t really bother about Muslims or sikh’s they are quite happy for them to get on with their life and culture. For instance you won’t see an Orange Order band stop and play outside a Muslim or sikh temple. A Muslim or sheikh can be a British Monarch but a Roman Catholic can not and I suspect if they are Irish that puts them down the pecking order.
In Scotland we are now seeing and being introduced to religious celebrations by Muslims,Hindu’s ,sikh’s and the Jewish communities so why on Earth in Scotland are Irish/Catholic heritage and celebrations so frowned upon?
If Mr Salmond want’s us to move on and be a truly multicultural multi faith society then it’s about high time he and his government done something about it and encouraged the integration of the Scots/ Irish diaspora into Scottish life . An independent Scotland needs a total separation of church and state or it is a complete waste of time. To too many people in Scotland think Irish = Roman Catholic =Bad. We need to change this and challenge these perceptions which still exist in Scottish society.
Did I say this was a short blog ? ….ooooops.

Comments

  1. Great blog James. I for one would love to see this change come about, No more feeling like a second class citizen in my own country.

  2. Great blog James. I for one would love to see this change come about, No more feeling like a second class citizen in my own country.

  3. To be fair to Salmond he is ,as far as I know, the only leader to come out and categorically say that Catholic education in Scotland will remain separate and safe from main stream. If that goes then all other aspects of our Irish, and for that matter our little heralded Highland Catholic heritage will come under even more sustained attack.
    Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents fought like hell to give us a stake in Scotland and no matter how bad it seems for us it was infinitely worse for them.
    What we have today is only ours because they fought and suffered and in some cases died to procure for us and we have a duty to do no less for the generations that come after us.
    Maybe eventually we will live in a country where Church and state can go about their separate ways in harmony but that is some way in the future.
    I practice my religion and have defended it with more than just words in my younger days but there is aspects of the present church I disagree with, the right wing leanings for instance. That however was not always the case. I am proud of the actions of most of our clergy in my grandparents day in Glasgow when the imprisonment and beatings of priests were not uncommon. The faith in those days was the glue that held our people together, sadly we have lost that and today’s clergy are not “chips off the old block”
    I too want a huge Irish festival in Glasgow, or anywhere for that matter. It’s up to us to make sure we get it by showing the same guts and determination as those who have gone before us.

  4. To be fair to Salmond he is ,as far as I know, the only leader to come out and categorically say that Catholic education in Scotland will remain separate and safe from main stream. If that goes then all other aspects of our Irish, and for that matter our little heralded Highland Catholic heritage will come under even more sustained attack.
    Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents fought like hell to give us a stake in Scotland and no matter how bad it seems for us it was infinitely worse for them.
    What we have today is only ours because they fought and suffered and in some cases died to procure for us and we have a duty to do no less for the generations that come after us.
    Maybe eventually we will live in a country where Church and state can go about their separate ways in harmony but that is some way in the future.
    I practice my religion and have defended it with more than just words in my younger days but there is aspects of the present church I disagree with, the right wing leanings for instance. That however was not always the case. I am proud of the actions of most of our clergy in my grandparents day in Glasgow when the imprisonment and beatings of priests were not uncommon. The faith in those days was the glue that held our people together, sadly we have lost that and today’s clergy are not “chips off the old block”
    I too want a huge Irish festival in Glasgow, or anywhere for that matter. It’s up to us to make sure we get it by showing the same guts and determination as those who have gone before us.

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