Country number: 65
When? April 2002
Who? Visiting an internet friend
Ireland’s history is marked by invasions and settlement by foreign peoples. The Celts, the Vikings, the Normans, the English and the Scots have all left their mark on Irish history, geography, culture, language and people.
Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when the island of Ireland was partitioned. Southern Ireland became the Irish Free State in 1922, but the majority of Northern Ireland’s population wanted to remain within the United Kingdom and so were known as Unionists.
Northern Ireland is sometimes referred to as Ulster, although it includes only six of the nine counties which made up that historic Irish province
Northern Ireland has a border of 360 kilometres with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west
Lough Neagh, bang in the centre of the country, is the largest lake in the UK
The population of Northern Ireland at 1.81 million constitutes 3% of the total population of the UK, and about 30% of the island’s total population
To see more of my photos of Northern Ireland, visit this page.