Police reinforcements from across Britain were deployed to Belfast Saturday, after north Belfast's Protestant member of British Parliament, Nigel Dodds was knocked unconscious and 32 policemen and eight rioters were injured in a riot sparked by the annual parade of anti-Catholic group, the Orange Order.
On this date in 1998, republicans and unionists put an end to the 'Troubles' that had ravaged the region for decades. But a permanent peace remains a more remote prize.
The past two months of rioting around Belfast aren't a return to the clashes of two decades ago. Rather, they are a sign of a new split, this time between unionists themselves along class lines.
Despite suffering similar – if not worse – financial woes, Northern Ireland's Catholics are upbeat about the future, and a world apart from the unionist rioting that has racked Belfast.