Did you know…….

March 15, 2007 at 10:37 pm (Uncategorized)

…that Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland is its own country. Northern Ireland is where the fighting always takes place (Irish Republican Army). The Catholics want Northern Ireland to become a part of the Republic of Ireland and the Protestants want it to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Picture is Republic of Ireland’s Coat of Arms.

In the earlier days, the Protestants were the landowners in Ireland and the Catholics were the tenants/farmers. The Protestants were rich, whereas, the Catholics were dirt poor and treated badly by the Protestants and the British government.

This is one of the reasons so many Catholics died during the Great Famine.

“British rule in Ireland ultimately meant a denial to the Irish of even the most basic provisions of shelter and food – food that was being produced and available in Ireland but exported for sale by absentee landlords.”

There’s your Irish history lesson for the day.
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2 Comments

  1. Chris said,

    Thank you for that Blarney-free synopsis, Teri!

  2. ~ Stacy ~ said,

    Here is an excellent link to the history concerning the Irish Potato Famine of 1845. It will bring many a tear to your eyes, especially Section 5: Coffin Ships.

    If you have a genuine interest in learning the ‘truth’ about Irish history, I would suggest you converse with a couple of poets I know. Mat Larkin and Lady Ireland. Lady Ireland lives in the North of Ireland, and Mat Larkin travels extensively in the North. He is a very dear friend of mine.

    Look them up at allpoetry.com and tell them ‘SandyToo’ sent you. (It’s my nickname and my allpoetry ID)

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