April 16, 2007 at 12:00 am #24567
The issue in northern Ireland was between the Catholic (who were the majority) and the protestants, a religon some what imposed on the Irish by England. There have been attrocitys by both sides as recently as a decade ago. Today the majority of Catholics live in the south (Republic of Ireland) and Protestant Northern Ireland is still part of the UK. The conflict is still very fresh in peoples minds so do be careful of what you say with regards to Christianity. I would also avoid talk about Celtic and Rangers. These are football teams however Irish people may ask which you or others which they support: Rangers are traditionally Loyalists who wish to remain part of Britian and Celtic fans wish for a 'free' Ireland. Don't worry the Irish are traditionally very friendly, just avoid these topics around the boarder (where most people were affected)and maybe in pubs.