Monday, 10 August 2009

A guide to modern Ireland

A brilliant exposition of modern Irish politics from the Irish News.

Ireland is an island to the west of Britain, but Northern Ireland is just off the mainland – not the Irish mainland, the British mainland....

The capital of Ireland is Dublin. It has a population of a million people, all of whom will be shopping in Newry this afternoon. They travel to Newry because it is in the North, which is not part of Ireland.

Under the Irish constitution, the North used to be but a successful 30-year campaign of violence for Irish unity ensured that it is now definitely in the UK. Had the campaign lasted longer the North might now be in France.

Hat tip: Slugger O'Toole

UPDATE: For the benefit of correspondents in the comments, this is a light-hearted satirical piece from the Irish News flagged up by Slugger. It is not my considered view of the geography or politics of Ireland!


Anonymous said...

Hello Conor,
You said "They travel to Newry because it is in the North, which is not part of Ireland"

What's it north of as you also said it's west of Great Britain? As a native can I tell you where I am from?

It called Northern Ireland because it is in the northern part of the island of Ireland.It is not part of the Irish Republic.

Stephen Pol Haydon said...

Hi I am also from Northern Ireland, yes Northern Ireland is the North of the island of Ireland and yes politically it is not part of the Republic but I think you should consider the nationalist feeling. The struggle for a united Ireland may not make headline news now but it still exists in the heart and minds of some. I read your blog and find it very interesting, i have now started my own which you might find interesting(