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The Troubles, Introduction - Text in Brief

Look at the map of the British Isles. Why do Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland appear as different countries?

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The Troubles Introduction

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The Troubles Introduction

Two Countries on One Island

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The British Isles

Firstly, we have to state that even if the the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are located on the same island, they ARE separate countries. Let’s repeat the countries of the British Isles:

The British Isles: The United Kingdom + the Republic of Ireland
The United Kingdom: Great Britain + Northern Ireland
Great Britain: Scotland + Wales + England


On the island of Ireland you find: the Republic of Ireland + Northern Ireland

So, how come they are two countries? The Republic of Ireland (with the Irish name Eire) got its independence from England in 1922, whereas Northern Ireland (with the Irish name Ulster) chose to stay in the union though many of its inhabitants would have preferred the two "Irelands" to be united.

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Comprehension

  1. What are the names of the two countries on the island of Ireland?
  2. What happened in 1922?

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The Troubles, History - Text in Brief

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The British Isles

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    Easy Text - The UK

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    Easy Text - An Intro. to England

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    London

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    Liverpool

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    Manchester

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    Cambridge

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    The North - South Divide

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    The Faces of London

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Scotland

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    Braveheart

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    Bobby - the Faithful Dog from Edinburgh

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Wales

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Northern Ireland

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    The Troubles

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    The Troubles, History - Text in Brief

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    The Troubles, 1960s to Today - Text in Brief

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    The Orange and the Green

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    Flags in Northern Ireland

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    Radio Play: Into Exile

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    Dublin

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    Irish Proverbs

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    Molly Malone

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    Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes

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    The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain

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