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The Roman Catholic Church is the largest single denomination in Northern Ireland. Yet all Protestant groups are together in the majority. The Catholic population is about 45% of the population and lives mainly in the cities of Belfast and Londonderry. The largest Protestant groups are the Presbyterians and the Church of Ireland. Presbyterians are mainly of Scottish descent, members of the Anglican Church of Ireland are mainly of English descent and largely dominate social life in Northern Ireland.

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The Troubles

Northern Ireland is divided: Catholics want the British to leave and Northern Ireland to become part of Ireland. Protestants, on the other hand, want Northern Ireland to remain with England.

Euphemistically called "The Troubles", this stalemate has left the Catholics and Protestants in a bloody row for many years. Thousands have already died and everyone has family who have been murdered by one or the other party.


Cahill, M. J. / Northern Ireland
Chelsea House Publishers

Day, C. / North of Ireland


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