Next Tuesday, Queen’s University will host an event with President Clinton, George Mitchell, Jonathan Powell, Bertie Ahern, Lord Trimble, Gerry Adams, Seamus Mallon, Peter Robinson, Lord Alderice, Monica McWilliams and other ‘key influencers’ on the Good Friday Agreement (maybe even Tony Blair). At the time they were booked there would have been an expectation — or maybe nothing more than hope — that the assembly would be functioning. In other words, they were coming to Belfast to celebrate the 20th anniversary of an agreement which was intended to change the face of politics in Northern Ireland and move us, collectively, into a new era of co-operation, trust and genuine power-sharing.Given present circumstances, the celebration has morphed into something that is a mixture of a political séance, wake, post-mortem and resurrection in Miss Havisham’s mansion: “I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and … [Read more...] about Alex Kane: If Good Friday Agreement can’t bring stability, voters must be told
Why called good friday
You know it's not long now, but it's always good to know exactly when Easter is. Especially for those who can be forgetful and need a reminder to purchase those all-important Easter eggs. It's always a bit tricky and confusing to work out or remember when it is because the dates change each year. In 2017 Easter was in mid-April, so when is Easter 2018 and why do the dates keep changing? Here's all you need to know. When is Easter 2018? The key dates are as follows: Good Friday is on March 30 Easter Sunday (also called Easter Day) is on April 1 Easter Monday is on April 2 Good Friday is the next bank holiday in the year after New Year’s Day. And with Easter Monday also a bank holiday, it means a four-day long weekend for many people. Read More Important dates Why does the date of Easter change every year? Easter is what’s called a movable feast - a Christian festival whose date changes each year. Easter Day is when Christ rose from the dead, two days after the Crucifixion … [Read more...] about Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday dates
Opinion PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 March 2018 Professor Catherine Waddams A photo of Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame placed on a bunch of flowers at the main gate of the Police headquarters in Carcassonne. Lt Col Beltrame was hailed as as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness." (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Professor Catherine Waddams reflects on the courage of French policeman Arnaud Beltrame and how it echoes the theme of self-sacrifice in the events of Good Friday. Last Friday, Arnaud Beltrame, a policeman on duty near Carcassonne, volunteered to take the place of a hostage in the French supermarket siege. He both enabled her to escape, and his colleagues to follow what was happening by leaving his mobile phone on. He must have known that he had very little chance of survival, and he died from the wounds he received in the subsequent shoot-out. His sacrifice saved the lives both of the hostage who was released and others who would have died without the … [Read more...] about Self-sacrifice that echoed the Good Friday ordeal of Jesus
Most of us look forward to Easter and the abundance of tasty chocolate treats that it brings. But not all of us know what Good Friday is and why we eat certain food items at this time of the year. Good Friday comes the day after Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is the day that all Christians remember when Jesus was crucified on the cross - but it is also an important day in the Christian calendar. When is Good Friday? Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday (Easter Day). The date of Good Friday changes every year. The Anglo-Saxon name for Good Friday was Long Friday, due to the long fast imposed upon this day. Good Friday was not celebrated as the day Christ died until the 4th century AD. This year it is on Friday, April 14. Why is it called Good Friday? The name may be derived from 'God's Friday' in the same way that goodbye is derived from 'God be with ye'. Jesus was arrested and handed over to the Roman soldiers to … [Read more...] about Why is it called Good Friday and why do we eat hot cross buns and fish?
Good Friday is an important religious holiday. But for many people, it is also associated with heading to the chippy for a fish and chip supper. However, not many know exactly why that is. Good Friday marks the day when Jesus was crucified after he was betrayed by his best mate for 30 pieces of silver. After Jesus' arrest, interrogation, and condemnation for blasphemy and treason, he was crowned with thorns, handed his cross and ordered to drag it up the hill to the 'place of the skull' – AKA Golgotha or Calvary. This horrendous journey to his death is commemorated each year with the Procession of Witness, which sees a congregation following a cross borne through the parish. For six hours, Jesus hung from the cross in the Israeli desert heat alongside two criminals, before crying out at around 3pm and giving up the Holy Ghost. So why then, is it called Good Friday? Well, there are two reasons. The first is the fact 'good' is another word for Holy in this context. The second is … [Read more...] about When is Good Friday 2018 and why we eat fish and chips