Fantastic as usual Ken! One thing though is that I think the flag of St.Patrick is the flag associated with the provence of Ulster, most of which now comprises the 6 counties of Northern Ireland (there are 3 other counties in Ulster which are part of the Republic of Ireland). The hand in the middle is known as the red hand of Ulster. The other 3 provinces in Ireland (Leinster, Munster and Connaught) each have their own flags too.
Yes indeed, the most well known example being Northern Ireland which has been in the news recently due to the failure to reimplement the Good Friday agreement which was intended to have a Northern Ireland parliament to run the provence with the exception of matters of defence and foreign policy (which would still be controlled from London). Both parties (the hard line republicans-Sinn Fein/IRA and the hard line Unionists-Ian Paisleys party) are diametrically opposed to each other and you would find more mutual trust in a KKK/Black Panthers love in than with the Northern Irish political scene! Unfortunately the middle ground in Northern Irish politics has been totally lost and it is very hard to see how they will reestablish a measure of self rule. Also, people in the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Britain are not so sure they want to pay the price of getting an agreement either as part of it requires paramilitaries/terrorists on both sides being released as part of a settlement. One ex-IRA guy robbed a bank in Limerick (southern Ireland!) and shot dead a Gardai (what we call the police in Ireland) and the republicans wanted him released as they said he was a political prisoner! 90% polled in Ireland disagreed and the police threatened some form of strike action if this murdering bank robber was released so he wasn't. Anyway, the Northern Irish problem is one of the most intractible in the world it seems, so not easy to solve!
:lol That's about the gist of it!!! :giggle
Apologies Ronan, but you have whetted my thirst for knowledge!
Ronan, not just 5 parliaments or assemblies in the British Isles, as the Isle of Man & the four Channel Islands also have their own parliaments. Whilst HRH Q E II is the titular head of state, these offshore islands have their own internal governance in terms of tax raising powers etc.
:lol Well, I do love history and the story behind things!
:lol You are totally correct! I forgot about the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands!!! Talk about alot of parliaments for such a small corner of the World!!!!
:lol :lol :lol I love it Ken! Great research! I think the Erin-go-bragh flag was adopted by the Irish American community in the 19th Century in the States and it was also a symbol of the Irish Home Rule lobby group in the 19th century as well.