NORTHERN IRELAND: At the Drop of a Hat

The six counties of Northern Ireland are overlaid with ancient mysteries and poetic myths. Last week, renewed religious bitterness also hung like a poisonous mist over the lovely loughs and dales.

Some 400,000 voters had elected a new Northern Ireland House of Commons. The issue on which every candidate stood was whether to keep the boundary by which Britain had divided her predominantly (65%) Protestant northern counties from predominantly Roman Catholic (92%) Eire. It was a foregone conclusion that those in favor of keeping the border would win. The surprise was that the Unionists (Protestants) increased their popular vote...

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