On Fri, 24 Apr 1998, Magda wrote:
> Wasn't this majority artificially created by the English in the 17th C when
> northern Ireland was colonized by English and Scottish protestants after
> the Irish uprising 1594-1603 led by H. O'Neill lord Tyrone, H. O'Donnell
> and C. Maguire to enlarge English influence in this catholic region?
Yes, in much the same way as the European majority in the United
States was artificially created.
> As far
> as I know these protestantic settlers and the catholic natives had many
> clashes and fought each other, especially in the 19th C.
Tho' it is worth noting that there are Protestant natives and
Catholic settlers as well by now -- have a look at the surnames of the
key players in NI politics.