A hard border

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Lackey Bridge dividing the parish of Clones in Co Monaghan from Fermanagh, pictured in 1993 Pic: Tony O’Shea

Shaped by years of secrecy and struggle, the people who live along the 500-kilometre frontier are becoming fearful again

Josie McKenna and her two sisters were “wee tots” playing in a field that cocooned their tranquil world when another world, one tearing itself apart in a global conflict, literally fell onto their doorstep. It was just after 11 o’clock on a still Sunday morning in the autumn of 1942. The hay had been saved, the potatoes had grown and Josie’s father was in the cow house milking when he heard a “big shaking noise.” Her mother came out of church two miles away and saw something “skiting about in the air.”

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