Ray Brown wrote:

>> The issue is somewhat confused
>> by its identification with the historic province of Ulster, with which
>> it is not coterminous.
> Indeed, it is not. The actual Province of Ulster consists of _nine_
> counties, three of which are in the Republic. But the Loyalists do use the
> term Ulster quite a lot, seemingly as tho it were coterminous.

I think almost to annoy all the Republicans and Nationalists, and as a
nasty dig at those from the Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, and other
surrounding border counties in the other provinces.

>> The Northern Ireland Act 1998 does not appear
>> to use the term "province" - nor, AFAICT, does it use any other term.

With good reason, seeing as Ulster might be a province, but Northern
Ireland != Ulster.

> In short: the three nations of England, Scotland &  Wales are constituent
> parts of the Kingdom of Great Britain (Great, as opposed to (little)
> Britain otherwise known in English as Brittany); the six counties of (the
> Province of) Northern Ireland is a constituent part of the United Kingdom
> (of Great Britain & Northern Ireland).

And if you think that's bad, you should see the reaction of people from
the border counties when Northern Ireland gets referred to as Ulster.
It's just wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

K. -- Who's from one of the border counties.

Keith Gaughan --
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.