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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Terror haunts victims I of Mixed marriages BELFAST Sean Brady was 24 when he married Mary McAllister and went to live with her on the Protestant Shankill Road. Sean was a Roman' Catholic from a staunchly republican family and he knew the move he Was making was a risky one. we said if we didn't make a then nobody would Within 12 hours of the someone had done just that. Three men smashed into the bun- dled Sean into a waiting car at gunpoint and left his screaming wife in the door- way. A couple of days later his body was found in a country ditch. He had been tortured beyond private parts of his body pushed into his mouth and finally murdered with a shotgun blast in the back of his head. Sean Brady is not the real name of the victim nor is Mary McAllister the name of his 20-year-old Protestant widow. They are pseudonyms she insisted on using as a condition for an interview. Such is the terror of men and women involved in mixed marriages in Ulster's religious ghettos that out of 10 families contacted only two agreed with the greatest reluctance to discuss the subject and then only with the strict agreement that false names be used. There are no published figures for the actual number of mixed marriages in Northern Ireland but informed guesses place it at about 200. In most cases they are the objects of scorn and sometimes murder. They are abused as much By Catholics as by Protestants and if there are any cases where they are generally examples are extraordinarily hard to find. awful said that neither my husband nor I practised any religion actively. We were married in a Protestant chapel but neither of us gave a damn for the church. It's just that here you have to be either Catholic or Protestant and that's husband has been dead for nearly a year but it doesn't make any difference here. People just don't want to know me. I've been disowned by both my family and his and they say they never want to see me again. It wouldn't have done any good to turn Catholic. His family still wouldn't have accepted me and my own people would have killed me. I pass my young the street when I'm going to work and she actually turns and looks the other way. We used to be the closest of who earns about a week working on a factory assembly said she has no concrete evidence of who murdered her husband but she expects it was Protestant terrorists. it doesn't matter really. We're all at the hands of either Catholic or Protes- tant gunmen. They don't want the religions to didn't even give us a chance to Bridget and George false names they insisted on us- luckier. They too had a mixed marriage and moved into the Shankill. Bridget and had a woman caller an hour after they moved in. asked me was I a Bridget I told her I was but that we'd been married in my husband's church. handed me an envelope and told me that if we stayed it would be the end for both of us and for the man who owned the house. When I opened the envelope there was a picture of a man lying bleeding in a street. I couldn't see his face. I didn't know who he was but we both of us knew what it The Shankill is more notorious for its treatment of mixed marriages than the Falls Koad or other Catholic areas. Both are equally vicious and it was only coinci- dental that both interviews dealt with people who had tried to live in Protestant areas. just not interested in said our parents are fanatics and we couldn't talk to them about it. So we went to a Catholic my wife's and asked him to marry us. I said I'd do anything he asked of me. said he didn't want anything to do with us. He treated my wife like a slut and told us to go away. We went next to a Church of Ireland minister and he married us right off and really showed us a kind of George said that after the both sets of parents disowned him and his wife but he still hoped to hold onto his job as a machinist in Belfast after he had found a new place to live. I went and talked to my best who was my foreman and told him I'd like a couple of days off to move and then I'd like to keep on working. said I'd sold out the whole Protestant working class by my marriage to a Taig bitch and that I should never show my face there Bridget and George moved to a new housing development about 20 miles from Belfast where Protestants and Catholics managed to live and work together in relative peace until fairly recently. now things are said Bridget. IRA came around one night asking for donations and we all refused. Sc the next night the parish priest was taken out and shot dead. The night after that snipers shot at a passing army patrol and for the first time the troops came in and did a search. smashed up our furniture pretty bad in the process and when the IRA came back a few days later they told us we'd really need their protection from then on. We paid have two small said when they're old enough we'll tell them to forget about God and religions and all that and just look on people as people. We don't want them thinking about God and churches. we can just live long maybe we can make a better life for them. Our job is to stay alive and we'll move as often and as far as we have to to avoid the kill- ers. I think we'll manage. she says after a not so 1HB VALUE VILLAGE GARDEN HUT BEDDING OUT PLANTS NOW IN STOCK WE HELP YOU ON QUALITY FOODS Rose Oust Shrub Food Potato Dust Diazinon Garden and Fruit Tree Spray Malathion Cutworm Dust or Spray Deritox Maggot Killer Weed-No-More Ant Grub Killer WEST OIL For cooking or salads. 128 oz. tin CANNED MILK tall tins CAKE MIX Duncan white or devil's food TOMATOES Western 28 oz............. HASH BROWN POTATOES Frozen 2 Ib. pkg......... 4 59' 69 BLEACH Western gallons ___ CALGONITE Dishwasher 50 oz. ORANGE TANG Twin 7 oz....... ICED TEA Nestles 24 oz. jar APPLE JUICE Sun Rype Blue 48 oz. 119 89' I39 i CORNISH GAME HENS 18to24oz. 99 each 1 FORYOURFURS CVDCRTT FURS CAKCKI TncnMcr REMODHINGI RESTORED INSURED PUR STOflflGE Given names stir endless confusion YORK FURSj SAN Calif. George and Jan Jarvie are your typical couple. He's a profes- sional boat builder. a working girl. She's George. He's Jan. In the five years they have been the confusion has been endless. Jan Jarvie still refuses to call his wife by her given which ac- tually is spelled Jorj. call me hey anything but she says. Jarvie was named for Fin- nish ancestors. His wife be- lieves jokingly that her name was up by a very odd who couldn't think of this we fight to get Jan listed as the husband on applications and me as the wife. The nieces and nephews have a terrible time with Uncle Jan and Aunt but they're finally getting All New for 1 Summer '74 5 exquisite new lines of dressy Slings by Em- press. AA and B widths. Sizes to 10. I I I -as shown here in white Kid by Air Step In Bone or White AA. B. C. and D widths. See too the new Soft in and navy. Flowering I Cherry I Blue Spruce I Warena Cedars I Savin Juniper Tamaris i Junipers I Blue Danube I Junipers I Muggo Pines I Mountain Ash Prunns Listena j Non Suckering I Lilacs Rump or Round Roast. 159 Beef freshly Ib. i Beef Liver Ib. Bacon Wieners Alberta Gold or Ib. Alberta Gold or Burns. Ib. SUNNY' by Joyce This iovely new Joyce Sandal is available in Red. Black and White. DRESSY SANDAL 'In or White Patent. Dainty spagh- etti strap style with the new slimmer higher see these now at Camm's your Summer Style head- Barters. identical Matching HANOtAOt GHARGEX Caitim'S ShOBS 403- South Club corner The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Oddfellows Hall. Visiting members are welcome. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization will meet at 2 p.m. Friday at the civic centre. Following the bingo will be played and lunch served. A good attendance is requested. A testimony meeting will be held tonight at in the Christian Science 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. The Lethbridge and District Parents of Twins and Triplets Association will hold its monthly -meeting at Thursday in the Gas Company Auditorium. Women's rights will be discussed. For further call Virginia at 328-2449 or Sheryl at 328-6321. Nylon shines An old nylon stocking is effective in removing most splashes from the bathroom mirror and will also bring out a brilliant shine. TOMATOES I ffif S ris 9 Mexican Field Canada No. 1 Tud Master 40Ib.8-4-2 Green Crou Liwn Green 11 Ib. ZO-10-5 Windmill Roses I tiint I49 I I Windmill Roses I innbtr 1 1211 year old I Liberty Roses O2fl ire-plMtid L GERANIUMS PEATMOSS jQood 4 cu. 2 cu 1 cu. cu. ft. saclwli NORLAND SEED POTATOES ONIONS i Jumbo Whites Canada No. 1 eH 'CELERY HEARTS Scona Canada No. each CABBAGE California crisp Canada No. 1 0 DATE LOAF CAKE each APPLE PIE each BREAD White or Brown 10 I V loavM afc ;