By Brian M. Walker (auth.)

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

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174 Subsequently, he would continue to argue that he was Irish as well as British. 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.

130 There was also additional stress on links with the empire, especially with Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 133 For many there was also a strong personal sense of involvement and sacrifice. There is the case of Sir Basil Brooke, a nephew of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Field Marshall Alan Brooke: his three sons served and two were killed in action. The local contribution to the war effort encouraged new support for Northern Ireland in Britain. M. 134 In 1947 the possibility of seeking dominion status was considered briefly, partly in response to a new labour government in Britain, but rejected, owing partly to economic considerations.

163 Increased support for the Derry parades can be seen as evidence of a growth in popular Protestantism, uniting different denominations, as well as a spread in a heightened political identity based around the siege of Derry story. By the 1920s the August siege commemorations in Derry centered largely on a parade and a religious service held in the Church of Ireland cathedral. In 1924, for the first time, a Presbyterian minister preached in the cathedral. 164 This threat did not materialise, but clearly the story of the city’s past siege took on a modern relevance for many unionists, as reflected in the rise in support for the commemorations.

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