Happy Birthday Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland turns 100 today. On 03 May 2021 it legally came into being, ending years of civil war when it separated from the rest of the island of Ireland. The six counties of Fermanagh, Armagh, Tyrone, Londonderry, Antrim and Down broke away from the other twenty-six to become part of a United Kingdom along with the other Home Nations of England, Scotland and Wales.

A lot has changed in those 100 years. There has been further violence, most notably the ‘Troubles’ between 1969-1998 where over 3000 people lost their lives and many others were seriously injured during decades of sectarian strife. The Good Friday Agreement of April 1998 brought peace but it is an uneasy one and it doesn’t take much to resurrect old grievances. Recent rioting has bore testimony to that sad fact.

Brexit and the Irish Sea Border has resulted in the First Minister standing down after a letter of no confidence from her own party. We are governed by a devolved Assembly and a five party power sharing executive that often can’t agree on what day of the week it is, let alone important social and economic matters. They have lurched through the pandemic from one crisis to the next, hardly filling the hearts of their citizens with confidence and hope.

There’s even talk of a poll about a United Ireland within the next few years. I’m not convinced the Republic of Ireland want the extra baggage but they’re on a sticky wicket, given the desire is written into their Constitution. Who knows what the next 100 years will bring but I hope it is a better century for my children and grandchildren than it was for my parents and grandparents.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

27 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Northern Ireland

  1. Happy birthday ! However, I’m intrigued as to how a vote might work… Will the south vote whether they want you to join them (yes or no) and will the north vote whether they want to join the south (yes or no) and what if one says yes and the other says no? Or will it be much more complicated than that? (
    I can’t see a single north and south vote being very ‘fair’ to the north as you are outnumbered by the south – is it by about 5 to 2?)

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  2. I hope the unrest in Ireland–and throughout the world–turns find peace soon.

    I think it’s interesting to learn about different countries of the world. I live near a county in Michigan (USA)
    that was renamed Antrim County in 1843 in deference to the increasing number of settlers of Irish heritage at that time. I often think of that connection when I hear Antrim. 🙂

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  3. Regrettably I realize that I am not familiar with any of the events that you mention. Do you have a good resource to learn about the overall history and key moments of Ireland for someone who lives in the USA and wants to know what is going on?

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          1. Really? Wow, where can I find the name of these books. Also with that experience I’d trust your advice, is it cool
            if you follow me and look over my site. I’m open to feedback!

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            1. The first book in the series is ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Skelly’s Square’ by Stephen Black. You can find it on your local Amazon site in e-book and paperback format. Thank you. I’ll be sure to check out your blog 😊

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