Mixed marriages: ‘One family bigot can throw a spanner in the works’

‘If granny hates Catholics or Protestants then trouble can start ... but love can conquer anything’

Jimmy and Anne McClelland – now retired and living in the coastal town of Amanzimtoti, outside Durban in South Africa – met at the Orpheus Ballroom in York Street in Belfast in 1964.

  • Gerry Moriarty
  • The Irish Times

Both were from north Belfast, Anne a Catholic, Jimmy a Protestant and Orange Order member. They fell for each other quickly.

“We just got on so well,” says Anne.

They tell their story in Exiles for Love, a book published by the Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association, about…

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