|Belfast born Pat Storey at the 1916 commemoration event,|
"It is not a part of my story. But I want, and I need, to try to understand it. I need to walk in your shoes generously. [It meant] relating to the commemorations of your community when I would rather remember wrongs done to mine."She asked:
"Could we, together, commit to walking in each other’s shoes for a time? Could we vow to be generous when we commemorate? It would take personal sacrifice, especially when you have endured personal loss, but perhaps this is the time to mend, and the time for generosity… I am deeply sorry for the lives lost in our country’s history – for lives lost in the Easter Rising and in more recent years. But I do not want to end our history there….I am in this for the long haul: mending; generosity; resurrection… Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."She concluded with a question:
"Are you willing to be the change that Ireland is waiting for?"Read the speech by The Bishop of Meath and Kildare in full here.