To me they are special because I didn't like football and still don't care too much about it - but when I saw a Hibs match...that was different. That sense of having an ownership of something, a commitment (as I did at the time) was what made it special.
I only really found out about some of the details in our club's history last year and that start is one which I think the club has a real right to be proud of. The sectarianism experienced by members of the Irish community in Edinburgh, especially the Old Town was horrendous. The extreme poverty many of them faced too is something the like of which I could never imagine. The formation of Hibernian was a proactive and positive attempt to fight this. That's a lesson for today.
Ok, I'll say something else which is controversial here (and I'd love more info on it but I can't find it). Credit to Hearts for playing us first and breaking the SFA embargo. I don't know what their motives were BUT IF, IF, it was because they agreed with the stance we took, then that's a good thing and makes the Edinburgh derby very special. Even though it's 'them', I like to think that the motives were because it was the right thing.