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(Q1) What Are The Main Differences of Beliefs Between Nationalists/Republicans and Unionists/Loyalists

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(Q1) What Are The Main Differences of Beliefs Between Nationalists/Republicans and Unionists/Loyalists? There are many differences between the beliefs of Nationalists/Republicans and Unionists/Loyalists. The differences I will be referring to are the religious, political/national, economic/social, cultural and geographic beliefs of both groups. I will begin with religion. Religion plays a very important role in the beliefs of both groups. In general, we can say that the majority of Protestants in Northern Ireland tend to be unionists and favour union with Britain, whereas Catholics tend to be predominantly Nationalists and favour union with Ireland. There is also the issue that unionists consider themselves British, even though they live in Northern Ireland. Nationalists consider themselves Irish because they do not favour union with Britain. ...read more.

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But the IRA gradually increased its military activities throughout Northern Ireland, Britain and eventually Europe. This angered many Unionists, who were already trying to suppress the actions of the IRA in Northern Ireland, never mind Britain and Europe. Sport is a huge barrier between Protestant and Catholic communities throughout Northern Ireland. Where the majority of Nationalists (namely Catholics) play Irish sports such as Gaelic and Hurley; Protestant communities favour English sports such as cricket and rugby. Football is another wedge between the two communities. Catholics mainly support Celtic and Protestants support Rangers. Segregation is still a problem in Northern Ireland. Although not as bad as it was during the troubles, a person would still not be advised to start singing a song in Irish on their way up the Shankhill road for example, or to be waving the Union Jack on the Falls road. ...read more.

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For Protestants, the twelfth of July is a very important date, as it celebrates the victory at the Battle of the Boyne. Orangemen can be seen parading the streets of Belfast every year wearing their sashes. Union Jacks are set up to boast of their loyalty to the crown. Finally, education is also an important issue, because before integrated schools were introduced, Catholics and Protestants had to attend separate schools. But now, integrated schools enable Catholics and Protestant to learn together. The building of these new schools has greatly helped Protestants and Catholics live together peaceably. In conclusion, both sides are seen to have many differences between them ranging from sport to school. It is also important to recognise that both groups have spectrums of opinion within them such as Nationalists finding favour with the local Irish Government and Unionists supporting British rule. ...read more.

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