Table 1 speaks for itself, a table without a centre indicates lack of substance and in Constances opinion a lack of imagination. The little guns on the table are saying; “ Put the guns on the table like the Cowboys do” and the green white and orange and red white and blue on the inside rim reflect the painted kerbstones in Northern Ireland.
Like many, Constance felt that the Unionist were being short changed by the Good Friday Agreement, what with all the cross border institutions etc. With borders in Europe disappearing, cross border or all island institutions will soon evolve into all Ireland institutions driven by the most powerful weapon of them all, economic greed, oops need. Constance and a group of women made 800 plus roses ( symbol of England), a rose for every year the British are in Ireland, and sewed them on , falling off a linen table cloth strewn with printed shamrocks. Someone said it looked like a Vivien Westwood frock !! Someone else said that the roses looked like poppies. Constance welcomes all comments.
Table 3 is a simple wooden table. In the middle sits a glass vase with a little red heart on the stem, a symbol of love and generosity. It contains two artificial flowers, one white lily and one white rose. The lily symbolising Ireland and the rose England, white rather than blood red. Constance will replace these flowers with real ones when we learn to live with respect for one another on this island.
She dedicates it to her 2 first cousins Clare Short, former Minister for Overseas Development in England who did her best to encourage England not to go to war and to Dermot Ahern, Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Irish Government on his recent appointment to this position and who like Clare has a warm heart, I wish him luck.