Beyond the boundaries in the island of Ireland

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    The review essay opens with positive attributes of Ireland but then considers that the island has been subject to centuries of bitter dispute and unrest. The historical background to this is outlined, particularly the interactions between Ireland and its neighbouring island, Great Britain, which dominated Irish affairs. One policy adopted by the British was to encourage migration of Protestants into the largely Catholic island in the vain hope that this would reduce unrest. The
    two islands were then united from 1801 as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland but demands from indigenous Irish Catholics for independence continued, resisted by the Protestant minority who wished to remain inside the UK. After the Great War a solution was imposed that granted most of Ireland independence but left the largely Protestant northeast corner within the UK as Northern Ireland. Reaction to and life with the Irish border are considered and the paper concludes with musings about its future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-98
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Marine and Island Cultures
    Issue number2
    Early online date27 Dec 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2012


    • Ireland
    • Northern Ireland
    • Borders
    • Divided islands

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