The Occupied Six Counties (North) was created on strictly sectarian head count


LAST month Lord Kilclooney – unionist John Taylor (pictured below) in a previous life – claimed that Donegal should join the UK.

Lord Kilclooney – unionist John Taylor

“It really is the hinterland of of the North of Ireland and it would be great to have it back with us”. Irish News readers and Lord Kilclooney should be reminded of how Co Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan came to be separated from the other six counties of the ancient province of Ulster.

In June 1921 King George V came to Belfast to open the New Parliament of Northern Ireland after the passing of the Government of Ireland Act 1920.

Readers need to be aware that the creation of Northern Ireland was passed by the Westminster Parliament on a strictly sectarian head count to give the Protestant/Unionist/Orange population superiority for all time. The figures of the 1911 Census gave the Protestant/Catholic population for each of the nine Ulster counties: Protestant percentage: Antrim 79.5; Armagh 54.7; Derry 54.2; Down 68.4; Fermanagh 43.8; Tyrone 44.6; Cavan 18.5; Donegal 21.1; Monaghan 25.3.

The words of Edward Carson in Westminister on 18th May 1920 make clear the unionist position: ” The figures will at once show where the difficulty comes in. We have to refer in these matters to Protestant and Catholics – we should only be making the very greatest camouflage of argument if we did not treat them in that way, because these are really the burning question over there. The inclusion of these six counties would bring in under the jurisdiction of the north of Ireland paraliament 820,000 protestants out of 890,000 in the whole province. On the other hand, while you would leave out 70,000 who are in these three counties, you would bring in from these three counties into the northern province an additional 260,000 Roman Catholics.” And there are those who say that Northern Ireland is just like Yorkshire or any other county in England?

With many thanks to: Gerry Glennon Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, for the origional story.



A MAN who served time in jail for trying to smuggle an explosive twice the size of the Omagh bomb into the UK has been killed in a suspected assault. The. 56-year-old, named locally as Larry Keane, was found lying in a walkway near a housing estate in Kathy, Co Kildare, on Thursday night.

56-year-old Larry Keane, who died from head injury’s on Friday morning.

He had a wound to hishead. Keane, who lived in the area and was well-known around the town and regularly seen walking with a stick, was taken to Nass Hospital where he died early yesterday morning. The alarm was raised when officers were called shortly before midnight on Thursday with a report of a man lying in the walkway between St John’s Lane and GGreen hills. Keane was a father-of-six and a former soldier who was convicted of a major explosives offence in 1998. He was jailed for 15 years after yards stopped his BMW car packed with explosives and queued for the ferry in Dun Laoghaire two days before the Aintree Grand National.

The 980lb bomb was twice the size of the device planted in Omagh a few months later. People in the community said he was in very I’ll health in recent years after a serious car accident and had mobility problems. Garda sources said the victim died after a row. There was no initial suggestion that a firearm was used in the killing. It is understood the discovery was made by a young man who was walking his girlfriend home. Both were said to be shaken by the find. GArda sealed off the area where the man was discovered for a forensic technical examination and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

With many thanks to : Brian Hutton, Ed CaCarry, The Irish News.

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