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 Ulster is a province in the north of the island of Ireland. In ancient Ireland, it was one of the fifths (Irish: cúige) ruled by a ri ruirech, or "king of over-kings".The definition of the province was fluid from early to medieval times. It took a definitive shape in the reign of King James Of England when all the Counties of Ireland  were eventually shirred  This process of evolving conquest had been under way since the Norman Invasion of Ireland, particularly as advanced by the Cambro-Norman magnates Hugh de Lacy and John de Courcy. Ulster was a central topic role in the parliamentary debates that eventually resulted in the Government of Ireland act 1920. Under the terms of the Act, Ireland was divided into two territories, Southern ireland and Northern Ireland, with the border passing through the province. "Southern Ireland" was to be all of Ireland except for "the parliamentary counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone, and the parliamentary boroughs of Belfast and Londonderry [the city of Derry]" which were to constitute "Northern Ireland". The area of Northern Ireland was seen as the maximum area within which Ulster Protestants/Unionist could be expected to have a safe majority, despite counties Fermanagh and Tyrone having slight Roman Catholic/Irish Nationalist majorities. While these six counties and two parliamentary boroughs were all in the province of Ulster, three other counties of the province –Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan – were assigned to the Irish Free State.Ulster has no official function for local government purposes in either jurisdiction. However, for the purposes of iso 31, Ulster is used to refer to the three counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan  
Terminology The name Ulster has several possible derivations: from the Norse name "Uladztir", which is an adaptation of Ulaidh and tir, the Irish for "land"; or similarly it may be derived from Ulaidh plus the Norse genitive s followed by the Irish tir. It has also been suggested to have derived from Uladh plus the Norse suffix ster (meaning place), which was common in the Shetland Islands and NorwayThe Irish name, Cúige Uladh, means the "province of the Ulaidh", with the term cúige formerly referring to a fifth. The Ulaidh were a group of tribes who dwelt in the region.Ulaidh has historically been anglicised as Ulagh or Ullagh and Latinized as Ulidia or Ultonia. The latter two have yielded the terms Ulidian and Ultonian. The Irish word for someone or something from Ulster is Ultach, and this can be found in the surnames MacNulty, MacAnulty, and Nulty, which all derive from Mac an Ultaigh, meaning "son of the Ulsterman". Words that have been used in English are Ullish and Ulsterman/Ulster woman.Northern Ireland is often referred to as 'Ulster', despite including only six of Ulster's nine counties. This usage is most common amongst people in Northern Ireland who are unionist, although it is also used by the media throughout the United Kingdom.Most Irish Nationalist  object to the use of Ulster in this context.Geography and political sub-divisions Ulster  showing Northern Ireland in orange and the Republic of Ireland part in greenUlster has a population of just over 2 million people and an area of 21,552 square kilometres (8,321 sq mi). Its biggest city, Belfast, has an urban population of over half a million inhabitants, making it the sec on largest city in Ireland and the 10 largest urban area in the UK. Six of Ulster's nine counties, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh  Londonderry and Tyrone, including the former parliamentary boroughs of Belfast and Londonderry, form Northern Ireland which remained part of the United Kingdom after the partition of Ireland in 1921. Three Ulster counties – Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan– form part of the Republic of Ireland. About half of Ulster's population lives in counties Antrim and Down. Across the nine counties, according to the aggregate UK 2011 census for Northern Ireland, and the ROI 2011 Census for counties Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan, there is a Roman Catholic majority over Protestant of 50.8% to 42.7%.While the traditional counties continue to demarcate areas of local government in the Republic of Ireland, this is no longer the case in Northern Ireland. Since 1974, the traditional counties have a ceremonially  role only. 

Settlements in Ulster with at least 14,000 inhabitants, listed in order of population:
  1. Belfast (480,000)
  2. Derry (105,000)
  3. Craigavon (65,000)
  4. Bangor (58,400)
  5. Ballymena (28,700)
  6. Newtonards (27,800)
  7. Newry (27,400)
  8. Carrickfergus (27,200)
  9. Coleraine (25,000)
  10. Antrim (20,000)
  11. Omagh (19,800)
  12. Letterkenny (19,600)
  13. Larne (18,200)
  14. Banbridge (14,700)
  15. Armagh (14,500)
  16. Portrush/Portstewart (14,200)
Economy The GDP of the province of Ulster is around €50 billion. Salary levels are the lowest on the island of Ireland.Greater Belfast720,000 NI Belfast €20.9 bn€33,550 border region (includes three non-Ulster counties)430,000 (roughly half in Ulster)ROI Letterkenny €10.7 bn€21,100East of Northern Ireland 430,000 NI Ballymena €9.5 bn €20,300North of Northern Ireland280,000 NI Derry €5.5 bn €18,400West and South of Northern Ireland 400,000 NI Newry€8.4 bn €19,300 Physical geography ]The biggest lake in the British Isles, Lough Neagh, lies in eastern Ulster. The province's highest point, Slieve Donnard (848 metres (2,782 ft)), stands in County Down. The most northerly point in Ireland, Malin Head, is in County Donegal, as are the sixth-highest (601 metres (1,972 ft)) sea Cliffs in Europe, at Slieve League, and the province's largest island,Arranmore. The most easterly point in Ireland is also in Ulster, in County Down, and the most westerly point in the UK is in County Fermanagh. The longest river in the British Isles, the Shannon, rises at the Shannon Port in County Cavan with underground tributaries from County Fermanagh. Volcanic  activity in eastern Ulster led to the formation of the Antrim Plateau and the Giant's Causeway, one of Ireland's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ulster also has a significant Drumlin belt. The geographical centre of Ulster lies between the villages of Pomeroy and Carrickmore in County Tyrone. In terms of area, County Donegal is the largest county in all of Ulster.

Transport The province's main airport is Belfast International Airport (popularly called Aldergrove Airport), which is located Aldergrove, 11.5 miles northwest of Belfast near Antrim. George Best City Airport  (sometimes referred to as "the City Airport" or "the Harbour Airport") is another, smaller airport which is located at Sydenham in Belfast. The City Of Derry Airport is located at Eglinton, 13 kilometres (8 mi) east of the city of Derry. There is also Donegal Airport  Aerfort  popularly known as Carrickfinn Airport, which is located in THE Rosses.Rail Railway lines are run by Northern Ireland Railways (NIR). Belfast to Bangor and Belfast to Lisburn are strategically the most important routes on the network with the greatest number of passengers and largest profit margins. The Belfast-Derry Railway Station connecting Londonderry Railway Station, via Coleraine, Ballymoney, Ballymena and Antrim, with Belfast Central and Belfast Great Victoria Street is a noted scenic route. Belfast is also connected with Carrickfergus and Larne Harbour, Portadown, Newry and onwards, via the Enterprise service jointly operated by NIR and Larnrod Eireann , to Dublin Connolly.The main railway lines linking to and from Belfast Great Victoria Street and Belfast Central are:
  • The Derry Line and the Portrush Branch
  • The Larne Line
  • The Bangor Line
  • The Portadown Line
Only five Irish counties, all in Southern and Western Ulster, currently have no mainline railway. The historic Great Northern Railway of Ireland connected them. They are Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Donegal. A plan to re-link Sligo and Derry through Donegal has been postponed until at least 2030.Languages and dialects  Ulster Irish, Mid Ulster English and Ulster Scots dialects Most people in Ulster speak English. English is taught in all schools in the province, and Irish is taught in all schools in the counties that are part of the Republic, and in schools in Northern Ireland, almost exclusively in the Roman Catholic and Irish-medium sectors. In responses to the 2001 census in Northern Ireland 10% of the population had "some knowledge of Irish" and 4.7% could "speak, read, write and understand" Irish. Large parts of County Donegal are Gaeltacht areas where Irish is the first language and some people in west Belfast also speak Irish, especially in the "Gaeltacht Quarter". The dialect of Irish (Gaeilge) most commonly spoken in Ulster (especially throughout Northern Ireland and County Donegal) is Gaeilge Thír Chonaill or Donegal Irish, also known as Gaeilge Uladh or Ulster Irish. Donegal Irish has many similarities to Scottish Gaelic. Polish forms the third most common language. Ulster Scots dialects, sometimes known by the neologism Ullans, are also spoken in Counties Down, Antrim, Londonderry and Donegal.Some 5,339 pupils attend the 44 (Irish language primary schools) 

 Ulster is one of the four Irish Provinces. Its name derives from the Irish Langue Cúige Uladh (pronounced "Kooi-gah UH-loo"), meaning "fifth of the Ulaidh", named for the ancient inhabitants of the region.The province's early story extends further back than written records and survives mainly in legends such as the Ulster Cycle. The archaeology of Ulster, formerly called Ulandia, gives examples of "ritual enclosures", such as the "Giant's Ring" near Belfast, which is an earth bank about 590 feet in diameter and 15 feet high, in the centre of which there is a dolmen.In 637, the Battle of Moira, known archaically as the Battle of Magh Rath, was fought by the Gaelic High King of Ireland Domhnall II against his foster son King Conghal of Ulster, supported by his ally Domhnall the Freckled (Domhnall Brecc) of Dalriada. The battle was fought near the Woods of Killultagh, just outside the village of Moira in what would become County Down. It was allegedly the largest battle ever fought on the island of Ireland, and resulted in the death of Conghal and the retreat of Domhnall Brecc.In early medieval Ireland, the Ui Neill Neill dynasty displaced the Ulaidh and dominated Ulster from their base in Tír Eóghain, most of which forms modern Country Tyrone. Among the High Kings Of Ireland were Aed Fintliath (died 879), Niall Clundub (died 919), and Domnall ua Neill (died 980), all of the Genel Eogain branch of the Uí Néill. The Ulaidh continued to rule a remnant Ulaidh province in southeastern Ulster until the Norman invasion in the very late 12th century. The Ulaidh were last ruled as a Nation by the MacDunleavy. A bronze statue commemorating The Flight Of The Earls at Rathmullan in north County Donegall.Domnall Ua Lochlainn (died 1121) and uirchertach Louchlainn (died 1166) were of this dynasty. The Meic Lochlainn were in 1241 overthrown by their kin, the clan Ó Néill   The Ó Néill's were from then on established as Ulster's most powerful Gaelic family.The Ó Domhnaill (O'Donnell) dynasty were Ulster's second most powerful clan from the early thirteenth-century through to the beginning of the seventeenth-century. The O'Donnells ruled over Tir Chonaill(most of modern County Donegal) in West Ulster.After the Norman Invasion of Ireland in the twelfth century, the east of the province fell by conquest to Norman barons, first De Courcy (died 1219), then Hugh de Lacy (1176–1243), who founded the Earldom of Ulster based on the modern counties of Antrim and Down.However, by the end of the 14th century the Earldom had collapsed and Ulster had become the only Irish province completely outside of English control.In the 1600s Ulster was the last redoubt of the traditional Gaelicway of life, and following the defeat of the Irish forces in the Nine years iof war (1594–1603) at the battle of Kinsale (1601), Elizabeth 1st  English forces succeeded in subjugating Ulster and all of Ireland.The Gaelic leaders of Ulster, the O Neills and O'Donnels, finding their power under English suzarinty  limited, decamped en masse in 1607 (the Flight Of The  Earls) to Roman Catholic Europe. This allowed the English Crown to plant Ulster with more loyal English and Scottish planters, a process which began in earnest in 1610.Plantations and civil wars. The Plantation Of Ulster  was the organised or plantation of Ulster by people from Great Britain (especially Presbyterians from Scotland). Private plantation by wealthy landowners began in 1606, while the official plantation controlled by King James 1of England(who was also King James VI of Scots) began in 1609. All land owned by Irish chieftains, the O'Neills and O'Donells (along with those of their supporters), who fought against the English Crown in the Nine Years Wars, were confiscated and used to settle the colonists. The Counties Tryconnel, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Coleraine and Armagh comprised the official Colony. However, most of the counties, including the most heavily colonised Counties Antrim and Down, were privately colonised. These counties, though not officially designated as subject to Plantation, had suffered violent depopulation during the previous wars and proved attractive to Private Colonialists  from nearby Britain.The official reason for the Plantation is said to have been to pay for the costly Nine Years War, but this view was not shared by all in the English government of the time, most notably the English Crown-appointed Attorney-General of Ireland in 1609, Sir John Davis:
A barbarous country must be first broken by a war before it will be capable of good government ; and when it is fully subdued and conquered, if it be not well planted and governed after the conquest, it will eftsoons return to the former barbarism.
The Plantation of Ulster continued well into the 18th century, interrupted only by the Irish Rebellion 1646. This Rebellion was initially led by Sir Phelim O'Neill  and was intended to overthrow British rule rapidly, but quickly degenerated into attacks on colonists, in which dispossessed Irish slaughtered thousands of the colonists. In the ensuing wars (1641–1653, fought against the background of Civil Wars in England, Scotland and Ireland), Ulster became a battleground between the Colonialists and the native Irish. In 1646, an Irish army under command by Owen Roe O'Neill inflicted a defeat on a Scottish Conventor army at Benburb in County Tyrone, but the native Irish forces failed to follow up their victory and the war lapsed into stalemate. The war in Ulster ended with the defeat of the native army at the Battle of Scarrifiholis, near Newmills on the western outskirts of Letterkenny, County Donegall, in 1650, as part of the Cromwellian conquest ofIreland conducted by Oliver Cromwelland the New Model Army, the aim of which was to expel all native Irish to the Province of Connaught.Forty years later, in 1688–1691, the Williamites wars was fought, the belligerents of which were the Williamites and Jacobites. The war was partly due to a dispute over who was the rightful claimant to the British Throne, and thus the supreme monarch of the nascent British Empire. However, the war was also a part of the greater War of Grand Alliance, fought between King Louis XIV of France and his allies, and a European-wide coalition, the Grand Alliance, led by Prince William of Orange andEmperor Leopold 1of the Holy Royal Empire, supported by the Vatican and many other states. The Grand Alliance was a cross-denominational alliance designed to stop French eastward colonialist expansion under Louis XIV, with whom King James II was allied.The majority of Irish people were "Jacobites" and supported James II due to his 1687 Declaration of indulgence or, as it is also known, The Declaration for the Liberty of Conscience, that granted religious freedom to all denominations in England and Scotland and also due to James II's promise to the Irish Parliament of an eventual right to self-determination. However, James II was deposed in the Glorious Revolution, and the majority of Ulster Colonists  Williamites backed William of Orange. It is of note that both the Williamite and Jacobite armies were religiously mixed; William of Orange's own elite forces, the Blue Dutch Guards had a papal banner with them during the invasion, many of them being Dutch Roman Catholics.At the start of the war, Irish Jacobites controlled most of Ireland for James II, with the exception of the Williamite strongholds at  and at Enniskillen in Ulster. The Jacobites besieged Derry from December 1688 to July 1689, ending when a Williamite army from Britain relieved the city. The Williamites based in Enniskillen defeated another Jacobite army at the battle of Newton 
butler on 28 July 1689. Thereafter, Ulster remained firmly under Williamite control and William's forces completed their conquest of the rest of Ireland in the next two years. The war provided Protestant loyalists with the iconic victories of the Siege of Derry, the Battle of The Boyne (1 July 1690) and the Battle of Aughrim (12 July 1691), all of which the Orange Order commemorate each year.The Williamites' victory in this war ensured British rule in Ireland for over 200 years. The Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland excluded most of Ulster's population from having any Civil power on religious grounds. Roman Catholics (descended from the indigenous Irish) and Presbyterians (mainly descended from Scottish colonists) both suffered discrimination under the Penal Laws, which gave full political rights only to AnglicanProtestants (mostly descended from English settlers). In the 1690s, Scottish Presbyterians became a majority in Ulster, due to a large influx of them into the Province.Emigration considerable numbers of Ulster-Scots emigrated to the North American colonies throughout the 18th century (160,000 settled in what would become the United States between 1717 and 1770 alone).Disdaining (or forced out of) the heavily English regions on the Atlantic coast, most groups of Ulster-Scots settlers crossed into the "western mountains," where their descendants populated the Applachian regions and the Ohio Valley. Here they lived on the frontiers of America, carving their own world out of the wilderness. The Scotch-Irish soon became the dominant culture of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Author (and US Senator) Jim Webb puts forth a thesis in his book Born Fighting to suggest that the character traits he ascribes to the Scotch-Irish such as loyalty to kin, mistrust of governmental authority, and a propensity to bear arms, helped shape the American identity.In the Unites States Cencus 2000, 4.3 million Americans claimed Scotch-Irish ancestry. Interestingly, the areas where the most Americans reported themselves in the 2000 Census only as "American" with no further qualification (e.g. Kentucky, north-central Texas, and many other areas in the Southern US) are largely the areas where many Scotch-Irish settled, and are in complementary distribution with the areas which most heavily report Scotch-Irish ancestry.According to the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, 400,000 people in the US were of Irish birth or ancestry in 1790 when the first US Census counted 3,100,000 white Americans. According to the encyclopaedia, half of these Irish Americans were descended from Ulster, and half from the other three provinces of Ireland.Republicanism, rebellion and communal strife.

 Most of the 18th century saw a calming of sectarian tensions in Ulster. The economy of the province improved, as small producers exported linen and other goods. Belfast developed from a village into a bustling provincial town. However, this did not stop many thousands of Ulster people from emigrating to British North America in this period, where they became known as "Scots Irish" or "Scotch-Irish".Political tensions resurfaced, albeit in a new form, towards the end of the 18th century. In the 1790s many Roman Catholics and Presbyterians, in opposition to Anglican domination and inspired by the American and French revolutions joined together in the United Irishmen movement. This group (founded in Belfast) dedicated itself to founding a non-sectarian and independent Irish republic. The United Irishmen had particular strength in Belfast, Antrim and Down. Paradoxically however, this period also saw much sectarian violence between Roman Catholics and Protestants, principally members of the Church of Ireland (Anglicans, who practised the British state religion and had rights denied to both Presbyterians and Roman Catholics), notably the "Battle Of The Diamond" in 1795, a faction fight between the rival "Defenders" (Roman Catholic) and "Peep OO'Day Boys" (Anglican), which led to over 100 deaths and to the founding of the Orange Order. This event, and many others like it, came about with the relaxation of the Penal Laws and Roman Catholics began to be allowed to purchase land and involve themselves in the linen trade (activities which previously had involved many onerous restrictions). Protestants, including some Presbyterians, who in some parts of the province had come to identify with the Roman Catholic community, used violence to intimidate Roman Catholics who tried to enter the linen trade. Estimates suggest that up to 7000 Roman Catholics suffered expulsion from Ulster during this violence. Many of them settled in northern Connacht. These refugees' linguistic influence still survives in the dialects of Irish spoken in Mayo, which have many similarities to Ulster Irish not found elsewhere in Connacht. Loyalist militias, primarily Anglicans, also used violence against the United Irishmen and against Roman Catholic and Protestant republicans throughout the province.In 1798 the United Irishmen, led by Henry Joy McCraken, launched a rebellion in Ulster, mostly supported by Presbyterians. But the British authorities swiftly put down the rebellion and employed severe repression after the fighting had ended. In the wake of the failure of this rebellion, and following the gradual abolition of official religious discrimination after the Act Of Union in 1800, Presbyterian's  came to identify more with the State and with their Anglican neighbours, due to their civil rights now being respected by both the state and their Anglican neighbours.The 1859 Ulster Revival was a major Christian revival  that spread throughout Ulster.Industrialisation, Home Rule and partition Royal Avenue, Belfast. 

 1890–1900.In the 19th century, Ulster had the only large-scale indhad the only large-scale industrialisation and ustrialisation ad became the most prosperous province on the island. In the latter part of the century, Belfast briefly overtook Dublin as the island's largest city. Belfast became famous in this period for its huge dockyards and shipbuilding — and notably for the construction of the RMS Titanic. Sectarian divisions in Ulster became hardened into the political categories of unionist (supporters of the Union with Britain; mostly, but not exclusively, Protestant) and nationalist (advocates of repeal of the 1800 Act of Union, usually, though not exclusively, Roman Catholic). Northern Ireland's current politics originate from these late 19th century disputes over Home Rule that would have devolved some powers of government to Ireland, and which Ulster Protestants usually opposed—fearing for their religious rights calling it "Rome Rule" in an autonomous Roman Catholic-dominated Ireland and also not trusting politicians from the agrarian south and west to support the more industrial economy of Ulster. This lack of trust, however, was largely unfounded as during the 19th and early 20th century important industries in the southern most region of Cork, included brewing, distilling, wool and like Belfast, shipbuilding.Thousands of unionists, led by the Dublin-born barrister Sir Edward Carson and James Craig, signed the "Ulster Conevant  of 1912 pledging to resist Home Rule. This movement also set up the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). In April 1914, the UVF assisted with the landing of 30,000 German rifles with 3,000,000 rounds at Larne by blockading authorities.  The Curragh incident showed it would be difficult to use the British army to enforce home rule from Dublin on Ulster's unionist minority.In response, Irish republicans created the Irish Volunteers, part of which became the forerunner of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) — to seek to ensure the passing of the Home Rule Bill. Upon the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914, 200,000 Irishmen, both Southern and Northern, of all religious sects volunteered to serve in the British Army. This had the effect of interrupting the armed stand-off in Ireland. As the war progressed, in Ireland, opposition to the War grew stronger, reaching its peak in 1918 when the British government proposed laws to extend conscription  to all able bodied Irishmen during the Conscription Crisis.In the aftermath of World War I, the political party Sinn Fein  won the majority of votes in the Irish General election 1918, this political party pursued a policy of complete independent self-determination for the island of Ireland as outlined in the Sinn Fein campaign manifesto to 1918, a great deal more than the devolved government/Home Rule advocated by the (I.P.P)Irish Parliamentary Party. Following the Sinn Finn victory in these elections the Irish Declaration of Independence was penned and Irish republicans launched a guerrilla campaign against British rule in what became the Irish war of Independence (January 1919 – July 1921). The fighting in Ulster during the Irish War of Independence generally took the form of street battles between Protestants and Roman Catholics in the city of Belfast. Estimates suggest that about 600 civilians died in this communal violence, the majority of them (58%) Roman Catholics. The IRA remained relatively quiescent in Ulster, with the exception of the south Armagh area, where Frank Aiken led it. A lot of IRA activity also took place at this time in County Donegal and the City of Derry, where one of the main Republican leaders was Peadar O'donnell. Hugh O'Doherty, a Sinn Fein politician, was elected mayor of Derry at this time. In the First Dial, which was elected in late 1918, Prof. Eoin Mac Neill served as the Sinn Féin T.D. for Derry city.1920 to present first mooted in 1912, was introduced with the enactment of the Government of Ireland act 1920, which gave a form of "Home rule" self-government to two areas,Southern Ireland, with its capital at Dublin, and "Northern Ireland", consisting of six of Ulster's central and eastern counties, both within a continuing United Kingdom Great Britain and Ireland. Dissatisfaction with this led to the Irish Wr of Independence, which formally ceased on 11 July 1921. Low-level violence, however, continued in Ulster, causing Michael Collins in the south to order a boycott of Northern products in protest at attacks on the Nationalist community there. The Partition was effectively confirmed by the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921. One of the primary stipulations of the treaty was the transformation of Ireland into a self-governing British dominion called the Irish Free State which later became the sovereign Republic of Ireland, but with the option of a continuation of the home rule institution of Northern Ireland, still within the United Kingdom, if the Northern Ireland Parliament (already in existence) chose to opt out of the Irish Free State. All parties knew that this was certain to be the choice of the Ulster Unionists who had a majority in the parliament, and immediately on the creation of the Free State they resolved to leave it.Following the Anglo Irish treaty, the exact border between the new dominion of the Irish Free State and the future Northern Ireland, if it chose to opt out, was to be decided by the Irish Boundary Commission. This did not announce its findings until 1925, when the line was again drawn around six of Ulster's nine counties, with no change from the partition of 1920.Electorally, voting in the six Northern Ireland counties of Ulster tends to follow religious or sectarian lines; noticeable religious demarcation does not exist in the South Ulster counties of Cavan and Monaghan in the Republic. County Donegal is largely a Roman Catholic county, but with a large Protestant minority. Generally, Protestants in Donegalvote for the political party Fina Fail. However, religious sectarianism in politics has largely disappeared from the rest of the Republic of Ireland. This was illustrated when Erskine H. Childers, a  Church of Ireland member and TD, a member of the lower house of the National Parliament) who had represented Monaghan, won election as President after having served as a long-term minister under Fina Fail Taoisigh Emond de Valera, Sean Lamass and Jack Lynch.The Orange Order freely organises in counties Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, with several Orange parades taking place throughout County Donegal each year. The only major Orange Order march in the Republic of Ireland takes place every July in the village of Rossnowlagh, near Ballyshannon, in the south of County Donegal.As of 2006, Northern Ireland has eight Roman Catholic members of parliament (of a total of 18 from the whole of Northern Ireland) in the British House Of Commons at Westminster  and the other three counties have one Protestant T.D. of the ten it has elected to Dail Eirann, the Lower House of the Oireachtas, the parliament of the Republic of Ireland. At present (August 2007) County Donegal sends six T.D.'s to Dáil Éireann. The county is divided into two constituencies: Donegal North-East and Donegal South-West, each with three T.D.'s. County Cavan and County Monaghan form the one constituency called Cavan-Monaghan, which sends five T.D.'s to the Dáil (one of whom is a Protestant).The historic Flag of Ulster served as the basis for the Ulster Banner (often referred to as the Flag of Northern Ireland), which was the flag of the Government of Northern Ireland

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