Paisley, as he was

Sep 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Ireland

We went to hear Ian Paisley at Martyrs’ Memorial Free Presbyterian Church on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast – once. It was Sunday, 1st August 1982. The previous day’s edition of the Ulster Newsletter, the only daily newspaper then carrying advertisements from Paisley, had an announcement that there would be sermons marking the thirty-sixth anniversary of his ordination, which had taken place in 1946 when he was twenty.

Arriving half an hour early, we still had to sit in the gallery, the ground floor being full. Being there was …