Discusses the "Troubles" as a fight between the Protestants and the Catholics. History of the region which is politically part of the United Kingdom. Role of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and its use of armed warfare and religious strategies to end British rule. Efforts over the years to stop the violence.
Politically still part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” continue as a fight between the... more
Politically still part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” continue as a fight between the Protestants and the Catholics. Geographically, Northern Ireland is slightly larger than the state of Connecticut, and consists of 26 districts, “derived from the boroughs of Belfast and Londonderry and the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. Together, they are commonly referred to as Ulster, though the territory does not contain the entire ancient province of Ulster.” (Brunner 877) Part of the contention deals with the so-called Six Counties, as the Protestants see it, and Nine counties (adding Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan from the ancient Ulster kingdom) that the Catholics want to preserve. Ulster (as we will refer to it from here on) was part of Catholic Ireland, until i