Holy Cross: A Personal Experience

Aidan Troy, Author . Dufour $23.95 (228p) ISBN 978-1-85607-922-8

Troy, a Passionist priest, had just been assigned to the Holy Cross parish in Dublin, Ireland, in 2001 when the "troubles" erupted again: Loyalist protestors hurled insults, urine-filled balloons and bricks at young Catholic girls making their way to school. One day, someone threw a bomb that injured some police officers; on another, Father Troy was cautioned that a sniper was lurking nearby. During the anxiety and fear of the three-month protest, Father Troy, the students and their parents bravely confronted the situation. Though the story is powerful, this is a dry description of it, replete with day-by-day accounts. The tale is at its best when Father Troy simply reports his experiences and those of other eyewitnesses. In the end, this is a moving story of community activism. (June 19)

Reviewed on: 05/22/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
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