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From: (Kevinmccabe1)
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"
Date: 11 Mar 2003 07:49:56 GMT
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>(Dennis Ahern)
>Date: 3/10/2003 5:31 AM Pacific Standard Time
>Message-id: <b4i42k$329$1@pcls3.std.com>
>
>Mike Day () wrote:
>
>: "Sean MacLochlainn" <> wrote in message
>: news:b4go0t$sf0$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk...
>: > Peter Norman wrote:
>: >
>: > > And Ulster is still effectively ruled by those of Scots-Irish descent
>: > > i.e. the Presbyterian majority of the current population.
>: >
>: > I think you had better check your facts. Presbyterians are a minority.
>: >
>: And not all of Ulster either. Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are not part of
>: the political entity of Northern Ireland.
>
>The political entity of Northern Ireland is comprised of only six of the
>nine counties of the province of Ulster. At the time of partition in
>1922, the counties of Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan were deemed to be too
>heavily populated with Catholics and were "given" to the Irish Free State
>in order to maintain a numerical majority of Protestants.
>
>See http://www.cultureireland.com/maps/ for map of the provinces.
>
>As for the original question of the meaning of the term "Scots-Irish" or
>"Scotch-Irish", this appelation was adopted in the U.S. in the mid-19th
>century by the descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Irish immigrants who
>wanted to disassociate themselves from the horde of famine refugees who
>crowded into the port cities of North America, impoverished, malnourished,
>and diseased. Because the famine was more severe in the southern and
>western parts of Ireland, these immigrants also tended more often to be
>Catholic, which further aggravated Americans of the Nativist persuasion.
>

Well put. But, aren't they really just bogeymen to scare children with these
days?

Kevin McCabe



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