I've lived on the Peace Lines from when I was born. I'm 38 years of age. I've grown up, I've lost my father being shot twice, I’ve watched him being stabbed. That was from the other side. The Protestant Community have come into the house and tried to kill him three or four times. A bomb has been thrown into my house. I've been caught up in two bomb explosions from either side of the community. My mother was shot dead. My grandmother was murdered by the Red Hand Commandos in 1975.
Also my cousin was murdered by the IRA in 1998. So I’ve had it from both sides of the community. Yet my partner is a Protestant from the other side. My best friends are Protestants from the other side. Even though I'm a Catholic, I don't see it any different. I treat everyone equal. Back in the day, you couldn't have done that. You weren't allowed to speak to Protestants. You weren't allowed to speak to the police. You weren't allowed to speak to the Army because you were a Catholic. Now since the ceasefire in 1994, everything's changed. You can do what you want and be who you want to be.
These days it's quite good. A lot of people want peace. The unionists which would be the Protestant side, they don't seem to want peace. They're against everything. The Catholics and Sinn Fein-- They want the peace. They want everybody to come together as one but the Protestants, there's something stopping them. The unionists-- Sorry, not the Protestant people, the unionists, the politicians, on the Protestant side, they're trying to stop it because it's all about the money. A part from that we have friends both sides of the community. Most of my friends are all Protestants. It's a small enclave, in East Belfast. The only Catholic place in East Belfast that's come under attack for so many years, but yet there's so many Protestants living here.