northern ireland

Northern Ireland's History

Until 1921 Northern Ireland constituted a majority of Ulster, one of the four traditional regions of Ireland. In that year the Irish Free State was formed in the south while the six Protestant majority counties in Ulster remained a part of the United Kingdom. In pre-Christian times Celtic warriors ruled fiefdoms throughout the area until the civilizing influence of the church, famously personified in St Patrick, brought a level of order and prosperity to all of Ireland. Viking raiders frequented the shores of Northern Ireland and Anglo-Norman forces followed in 1169. Under Elizabeth I poor Protestants from Scotland and England were encouraged to settle in Ireland where they eventually became the majority in the North, securing their power in the much celebrated Battle of Boyne in 1690. In 1801 the Kingdom of Ireland joined the United Kingdom, a hugely popular move in the north.

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In 1969 ‘The Troubles' began in Northern Ireland with religious rivalry overflowing into violence and murder between Catholic and Protestant communities. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's IRA terrorist attacks haunted the streets of Northern Ireland and regularly overflowed into England. Exhausted from years of bickering, peace finally reigned following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Northern Ireland had been a tourism no-go zone but following the outbreak of good will they suddenly rolled out the red carpet for international visitors and investors alike who have helped reinvigorate the economy which had languished for so long.

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