By Brian M. Walker (auth.)

This ground-breaking political heritage of the 2 Irish States offers exact new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace approach. It examines the influence of the fraught dynamics among the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish group at the one hand and the Unionist-Protestant-British neighborhood at the other.

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162 From early in the nineteenth century, however, this commemoration became an exclusively Protestant event. The Apprentice Boys organisation and parades were restricted mainly to Derry Protestants until the 1880s when branch clubs of the Apprentice Boys were set up in other parts of Ulster. In August 1912 a total of six parent clubs and 17 branch clubs paraded in Derry. In 1923 similar numbers were present and in that year more than 300 new members were initiated. From this time on rapid expansion occurred.

175 A decade later, Richard Rose’s survey noted that some 20 per cent of Northern Ireland Protestants (very few of whom were nationalist) still saw themselves as Irish. 176 It should be noted that the churches, various sports organisations and certain cultural bodies retained an all-Ireland dimension. In some sports, such as hockey, cricket, Gaelic football and rugby, there continued to be all-Ireland associations. A number of Irish national sports teams drew members from both sides of the border.

Costello, head of the interparty coalition, announced the government’s intention to repeal the External Relations Act and to declare a republic. 187 This led to an added focus on partition as all parties sought to prove their republican credentials. 189 Lord Rugby, British ambassador to Dublin, observed in early December 1948: ‘each party must now outdo its rivals in a passionate crusade for Irish unity ... 191 It was agreed to establish a new anti-partition body to be known as the Mansion House Committee and to raise funds to help these candidates with a country-wide collection outside churches on the following Sunday.

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