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An evening with my mum’s old newspapers brings home the weight of the Good Friday Agreement

It wasn’t perfect—and peace will always be a process. But going through my mum’s newspaper clippings is a potent reminder of what the Agreement meant

By Sarah Creighton  

Sarah Creighton's mother kept newspapers and documents from the peace process. Photo: courtesy of the author

A few weeks ago, my Mum invited us all over for tea where she fed us till our stomachs were full and my youngest brother fell asleep on the sofa. At some point in the evening, the conversation made its usual turn to politics. I can’t really remember how we got there, but my Mum mentioned that she had a stash of old newspapers and magazines up in her room. In the end—to…

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