This film tells the story of two cathedrals that share a name, and a lifetime of political, religious, and economic conflict. Sitting just a few hundred yards away from each other, the two cathedrals, both called St. Patrick’s Cathedral, adorn the two hills that flank the tiny village of Armagh in Northern Ireland. One of the cathedrals is the seat of the Catholic Church for all Ireland, while the other is the seat of the Protestant Church. The history of the cathedrals dates back to the fifth century, and reflects the violence and struggle of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and the moral and political atrocities of the Troubles. The village of Armagh is half-Protestant and half-Catholic, and has long been a hotbed for violence. During the Troubles, it was the most heavily militarized community in Europe.
The story of the conflict and its casualties, as well as the new strides for peace that have been made in the last fifteen years, can be told through the story of the two cathedrals. And while each has a checkered past, their shared narrative is, optimistically, one of hope.
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