"This is off the record right? Before this conversation goes any further I need to know my name isn't going to appear anywhere." Thus speaks a Catholic woman from Northern Ireland upon being asked questions about her 35-year marriage to a Protestant.
Ireland gained its independence and was partitioned, with Northern Ireland remaining within the United Kingdom, at about the same time as the Kurds were incorporated into modern Iraq nearly a century ago.
The word 'fenian' has long been a sectarian term of abuse for Catholics in Northern Ireland. Its use is deemed to be increasingly shocking amongst many. It is a word stuffed with history, hardened down the ages.